Where to Begin
- Sunday, October 01, 2006
- Running Away
- Blind Man
- Lost in Heaven
- I'm Coming Your Way
- Hear Us From Heaven
- Every Time
It comes as no surprise that Jared Anderson is an accomplished songwriter capable of enjoyable pop/rock. He's recorded some independent projects that played with his love for jazz and sophisticated piano pop, and as a member of New Life Church's Desperation band, he's quickly risen in the worship ranks with popular anthems like "Amazed" and "Rescue." The question is whether or not he'd let that fun and playful side shine through on his major label solo debut.
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Those tracks are fine, but Anderson goes further with the other tracks, which he rightly describes as pop songs that aren't congregational, but still reflect a desire to connect with God. "Blind Man" is the strongest, offering punchy drum fills, slick guitar solos, and catchy pop similar to The Fray or MercyMe with lyrics inspired by Jesus' miracles. "Lost in Heaven" creatively explores losing inspiration in the midst of Christian routine, and features the kind of flowing piano pop you'd expect of Ben Folds or Rufus Wainwright. Anderson's voice resembles Adam Duritz, and you can't help but hear the Counting Crows influence on the country-flavored "Every Time." In spite of the album's more predictable moments, Anderson has found a balance between pop artistry and worship that seems to elude most upcoming songwriters.
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