- reviewed by Russ Breimeier Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2000 1 Jan
Justin McRoberts is among the best of the newest Christian songwriters but, unfortunately, not many have been exposed to his music yet. Perhaps you saw Justin opening on tour with labelmates Five Iron Frenzy and The W's, which had to be odd for everyone involved, since a folk-rock singer is a really unusual choice to open for a ska and a swing band. Or maybe you saw him when he opened for Bebo Norman and Andrew Peterson, two other folk/acoustic songwriters, which was a much more appropriate pairing with his sound. This still was not a very high profile tour. Hopefully Justin's time has come now that he's released his second project,
This tour may earn him his best exposure yet, since it's his most high profile tour to date and also because his sound is a hybrid of those two artists: the passionate and somewhat delicate songwriting of Nichole mixed with the acoustic rock of Caedmon's Call. Justin's singing voice is even a little reminiscent of Cliff Young from Caedmon's Call, but with a little more strength. Despite his capable vocals and guitar strumming, it's his songwriting that marks Justin McRoberts' greatest strength. He uses simple words straight from the heart, yet arranges them into poetry rather than making them sound cliched. My personal favorite from the new album is "Standing In His Place": "
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