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Christian emo sounds at first like a complete oxymoron, or at least a marriage of tonal opposites. After all, Christian rock is by its nature inspirational, with a message of love and devotion. Emo bands like to complain and swear. As it happens, however, Liptocoal's debut album, Fly, does manage to combine the two styles, but not in a particularly appealing way. The general gist of Gene Feasel's lyrics is that it's hard to be a Christian in a secular world, which leads to annoyingly defensive songs like "Live My Life," which are in their way just as whiny and irritating as the stereotypical emo-kid mopery. Those songs that avoid the lyrical crankiness have the even greater problem of being largely anonymous and forgettable third-string emo with a few metal flourishes. The spiritual viewpoint may be different, but the song, sadly, remains the same.

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