Beggar - Scraps Of Grace

Published Wednesday 1st November 2006
Beggar - Scraps Of Grace
Beggar - Scraps Of Grace

RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 19968-7620
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Ewan Jones

Beggar is a project founded by American Scott Jibben, who wrote and recorded all the music on this CD. On the whole it's a good blend of funky moments, carried along on a wave of Latin influenced rhythms, balanced with epic ballads and slower numbers. The respect I have for this recording is in the extensive use of Scripture - catchy melodies stick in your head, and before you know it, you're humming the Bible. The cunningly named "5:46" is a response inspired by Matthew 5:46, "If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that?", while "One Body" is lifted straight from Luke 10, 1 Corinthians 9 and 12 - challenge and encouragement to fulfil our corporate responsibility as the body of Christ. Also moving is "Into These Hands", an atmospheric and epic track reflecting on the last days of Jesus' life, again straight from the Word. As a start, it's promising. The music is tight but the production could be worked on - the upbeat numbers could do with fattening up and sometimes the vocals can be hard to make out, but the songs are accomplished and honed. If Scott can get a solid band around him, future recordings will benefit greatly. If you plan on going with a wildcard, you could do worse than pick up 'Scraps Of Grace'.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Sarah Daniels in Minneapolis, MN @ 06:59 on Dec 5 2006

I saw Beggar live up in Minneapolis, and I have to say it was one of the better Christian shows I have ever seen. Their stage presence is refreshingly exciting to watch, and the set list was arranged such that I found myself on a journey from beginning to end, with no boredom inbetween. Not common for a Christian venue. At least for me. I would definitely pay to see them again and I hope they will be back soon.

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