Nothing Ringing True
- reviewed by Russ Breimeier Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2008 1 Jan
- Rely on You
- Mr. Mister
- Wife to Be
- Not Enough
- Across the Clouds
- Nothing Ringing True
Trevor Davis comes to us from the independent label Mirth Records, but don't be fooled by that word "independent." His first full-length project
Davis' arty alt-pop style is somewhat hard to peg, and I mean that in a good way. He's probably most similar to guys like Kevin Max and Ferras. But there's also a soulful, funky quality to his music, not to mention his liberal use of falsetto vocals. Sometimes that high end works when echoing Maroon 5 in a song like "Not Enough," but other times they seem a bit out of control, sounding like a karaoke rendition of Prince in songs like "Mr. Mister" and "Rely on You." On top of that, there are the acoustic-based songs like "Change" and "Wife to Be," reminiscent of Jason Mraz or Jack Johnson.
The Christian artists I admire most find a way to stay culturally relevant with their sound while expressing faith both creatively and clearly. Spiritual themes don't need to be present in
Trevor Davis may be independent in a sense, but it might be better to describe him as undiscovered. He's an impressive new talent proving it's still possible to come up with a relatively distinct sound, demonstrate a good deal or musical and lyrical creativity, and still remain grounded in Truth.