In 1992, the Christian rock group Disciple formed with members Kevin Young, Tim Barrett, and Brad Noah. Within three years, the band released their first album, What Was I Thinking?, in 1995.
The album starts off with "Alone," beginning with the Mr. Roger's Neighborhood theme song, "Won't You be my Neighbor?" It's a great start to the album. The message of the song is directed towards the feelings of sinners and how alone a person is without Jesus. The style and riff of the first track is defining of Disciple's sound in albums to come. "Felt" and "Mothman" bring scriptural lyrics and the southern style rock sound felt throughout the entire album.
"Crawl Away" is the first slow song and has a great use of scriptural lyrics with backing harmonic singing. The other slow songs, like "Stronghold" for example, show more personal approaches to Jesus and God. The short intro track, "Presence" makes it feel as if the album is just starting eight tracks in. The last tracks of the album are rockin southern-style metal loaded with good old-fashioned Brad Noah guitar solos. The pattern gets interrupted with "Amazing Grace Blues" which displays the blues style abilities of the band. It also shows the best of Kevin Young's singing abilities.
What Was I Thinking? is altogether a good album, considering it was their first and they had yet to discover their sound and style. The main down points of the album is the singing. It feels "held back" as if Kevin had not completely grown confortable with his voice just yet. The one song that does display Kevin's true singing abilities is "Amazing Grace Blues." The music talent is overall tight and together. The songs do get somewhat repetitive, but the guitar solos are each rather original. Surprisingly, the styles and even the solos of What Was I Thinking? can be heard in the recent release Southern Hospitality." Southern Hospitality has gone back to the original Disciple style that is very evident in What Was I Thinking?. Overall, you have to consider the era in which the album was released, and the fact that it was their first attempt in the studio before you judge this. For hardcore Disciple fans, this album is a must-have vintage item. This album is a true testimony to the original Disciple style.JFH Reader Review: Review date: 12/8/08, written by Jordon Pletch for Jesusfreakhideout.com
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