Before Disciple became the hit writing hard rock group that they are now, they were just three high schoolers who wanted to rock and spread the word of God. They would quickly became one of the premiere groups in the Christian rock genre, but first they had to release the My Daddy Can Whip Your Daddy EP. The album starts off with the title track which is easily the hardest track on this record. Personally, I think Kevin Young's vocals are as good as they have ever been on this song. The title track is a song about how great God is, with Kevin screaming out "He is so freakin awesome."
"Pharisee" starts off with a great beat and Kevin's perfectly controlled vocals letting loose at exactly the right time. There is some nice guitar work by Brad Noah on this EP, especially on this track with Brad getting a couple of guitar solos throughout the song. Unfortunately, the listener is left waiting for this song to take off, which it never does, ultimately making this track a pretty forgettable one. In my opinion, Disciple has always been at their weakest when they slow things down. All of their best tracks come when they let loose with the pure rock energy that has come to make them one of the top bands in this genre.
Even though "Fill My Shoes" has a harder rock edge than the previous song, it is way too slow for most of the song and ultimately ends up as another forgettable track on this EP; that even hardcore fans of Disciple will skip over after a few listens. After the first minute of "Fall On Me," the rock edge that was missing from the previous two songs is back and the song is all the better for it. While "Fall On Me" is by no stretch of the imagination a great rock song, it is a solid rock song by a young band that is already starting to turn into the group we know today.
"Easter Bunny" is my favorite track on this record because it states that instead of teaching our children about Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, maybe we should teach them about the stories behind these holidays -- not to mention the song has Kevin Young proclaiming that "Santa Claus is dead." and "The Easter Bunny is dead." This is definitely not a song to let the little kids listen to. In fact, this is a song very much aimed at parents; which is surprising since parents aren't usually the intended audience for music like this.
The members of Disciple were still very young at the time this EP was released and hadn't come into their own yet. That would change on their very next record when they were nominated for two Dove Awards and released a track that would reach number one on the Christian rock charts. Disciple would go on to be nominated and win multiple awards and having their songs played in sports stadiums across North America. This record was really just a stepping stone for one of the leaders in the Christian hard rock scene and is only worth checking out if you want to hear how far this great rock band has come in its 17 plus years as a band.JFH Reader Review: Review date: 2/4/09, written by James Chase Lamberth for Jesusfreakhideout.com
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