STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 160125-23661 LABEL: Centricity 0829619133325 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2016-04-22 RRP: £10.00
Reviewed by Andrew Wallace
After plying their trade for years on the indie scene Macon, Georgia-based JJ Weeks Band finally achieved success in 2013 with their major label debut. After transitioning to Centricity Music in 2015 their latest release, produced by Jonathan Smith, is out now. Many of the cuts come with a radio-friendly production sheen fitting the formula of upbeat, melodic pop/rock, catchy hooks, swirling guitars, meaty beats and gentle intros building up to rousing choruses. Prime examples are lead single "Alive In Me" which is pure singalong ear candy, and "In The Name Of", a straight-up worship ballad in Chris Tomlin territory. As infectious as these are they border on the generic at times mainly due to the lack of imagination in the lyrics department. Things get really interesting when the band let loose and rock full-on; "Higher" is a wall of muscular Southern rock sound with a barnstormer of a chorus looking to God for help. "Rooftops", the album highlight, is a combination of crashing keys, pounding drums and wailing guitars in a no-holds-barred praise anthem topped off by rapper Tedashii spitting his rhymes at the end. JJ's vocals shine impressively throughout, confidently covering a range of styles whether rock powerhouse or soft country tinge.
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JJ Weeks Band’s debut album with Centricity Music, As Long As We Can Breathe, is a new collection of songs
reminding listeners of God’s peace and presence through a mix of ballads and pop hooks.
They found much success with their previous Top 10 single “Let Them See You” and already have early adds on their new single “Alive In Me” from K-LOVE and Sirius XM.
Collaborating with producer Jonathan Smith, this album highlights JJ’s powerful vocals and reiterates their complete commitment to Christ.
1. In The Name Of
4. Alive In Me
5. Rooftops feat. Tedashii
6. Count Them All
7. Ahead Of Me
8. Rest Now
9. You Called My Name
10. Love Showed Up