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Don't Censor Me - Audio Adrenaline (1993)

It's hard to believe this is only Audio A.'s second album, and it's this record that launched them into superstardom in the Christian market...and certainly a higher profile in the mainstream. Of course, I'd be the first to ask "What is so incredible about a release that utilizes drum machines, digital programming, and even rap?" Words fail me in describing my argument for Don't Censor Me. The tone is personal, the spirit energetic, the lyrical perspective informed and the "substance of my statement makes you know I'm sincere." The opener proclaims to the "Government officials ~ Shapers of the land" that a living relationship with God is not dependent on prayers at school or plaques in courtrooms. "AKA Public School" challenges students to take Christ to the masses right where we're at--instead of waiting for a trip to Africa. Track three tells of the yearning of a "tremendous lover"--Christ's desire to be a "Soulmate" to each one of us. "My World View" is a song I've listened to about a billion times, but Kevin Smith's guest vocal still adds an extra touch and harmony to the cut's message of how salvation changes our vision and perception. The energy and electricity of "Big House" holds true after the three-billionth time through. A surf sound on "Jesus and the California Kid" is mixed with rap in a song I've never gotten much out of; universal love is the subject of "Let Love," delivered with a distinctly un-sixties sound; and "We're A Band" states Audio Adrenaline's mission with aggressive tension. Don't Censor Me is recognized as the crossroads of the old and new AA, and that conflict gives maturity, depth and passion to their sound and songs.