Published Tuesday 10th January 2017
|Jason Gray - Where The Light Gets In|
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Reviewed by Ian Homer
This is the Minneapolis-based singer/songwriter's sixth album under the name Gray, following on from 2014's 'Love Will Have The Final Word'. The first song "Learning" is a catchy pop-rock tune that I'm sure will get some radio airplay. "I know I can take it every day/If there's a way you can make it I won't be afraid" go the gang vocals on the refrain. It works well as an uplifting piece about confronting fear knowing God has our backs. "Sparrows" takes its inspiration from Matthew 10 where Jesus says to the disciples, "Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?" and again calls us to not be afraid and deals with our persistent tendency to worry since the Father holds everything in its place. "Stolen" is perhaps the weakest offering on the album - it's a tad too saccharin, but it's followed by "More Yours" which tackles many believers' tendency to try and take back control of their lives. The ambient, spacious intro and the verses are punctuated by a particularly rhythmic rock chorus. Another standout is "Death Without A Funeral", a clever allegory of love lost; a fine acoustic rendition featuring a bass drum underpinning reminiscent of a heartbeat and Jason's deft guitar playing augmented by some timely strings. All in all this is a balanced album from an artist who is maturing in his work.
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|Jason Gray’s new album, Where the Light Gets In, is a stirring weave of sorrow, light, hope, and even of|
celebration. The sonic cohesiveness of the thirteen-song project is nonetheless remarkable, considering the tracks were built simultaneously by nine different producers (Jason Ingram, Ben Glover, & others) with one or two songs apiece. Jason’s new radio single, “Sparrows”, went for early adds on K-Love, Sirius XM, among others with an official add date of 4/1 and is climbing the NCA charts.
3. I Will Rise Again
6. More Yours
7. Death Without A Funeral
8. The Wound Is Where The Light Gets In
9. Where We Go From Here
10. Learning To Be Found
11. Glow In The Dark
13. Thank You For Everything