Jul 27, 2015
As you may have noticed, I haven’t posted any new reviews recently. This is for a couple reasons. The first: I’ve been zonked almost every day after I leave my office. Not a great excuse, I know, everyone’s tired after work. Like I said, I know. The second, and more important: I haven’t found any good Christian albums/artists recently. I’ve been profoundly disappointed with what I’ve found recently.
I last posted about Josh Garrels’s newest album, Home. I wrote how extraordinarily excited I was to listen to it. That was true. Sadly, I was extraordinarily disappointed by it. With the exception of one track, “The Arrow,” everything felt stagnant and regurgitated. His prior albums abounded with clever lyrics, interesting chord progressions, and unexpected melodic lines. Home is missing all of that. No spoken word offerings, no captivating crescendos into falsetto. Like I said, “The Arrow” is the exception, but nothing else draws in the listener’s ear.
So what now?
I will be listening back through a number of good albums to see if any deserve a full write up over the next few weeks. I also need to figure out if I want to write about an album that came out 6 years ago. I probably will.
Possible preview of the above paragraph: The Vespers, Derek Webb, Visible Worship, KS Rhoads, and/or Bellarive.