STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 25497-12877 LABEL: Integrity 397722 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2007-07-31 RRP: £4.99
Reviewed by Philip Croft
I am totally at a loss as to which category to put this album into. Jason Upton is a singer/songwriter/producer who has been compared in his native Canada with Keith Green. For the most part Jason's style seems to be to go into a studio on his own with a piano and simply record what God gives him. Jason has been recording for about seven years now. His style is unconventional, highly original, uncompromising and definitely not easy listening. In places it can stray into the self-indulgent and with three or four songs clocking in at more than eight minutes but if you want to explore the ecstatic highs and occasional lows of extemporized prophetic worship you'll find moments here that will thrill and uplift you. The most accessible song is the title track.
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Acclaimed indie worship artist Jason Upton will release 'Beautiful People', his first CD in a new distribution relationship with Integrity Music.
Jason, who holds a Masters of Divinity from Regent University, is often compared to legendary songwriters Keith Green and Rich Mullins for the lyrical depth and prophetic voice present in his music. As with his previous albums, including the signature 'Faith', 'Beautiful People' is both a musical experience and a bold and convicting worship encounter.
Recorded live in Charlotte, North Carolina, 'Beautiful People' offers a thematic approach beginning with the album cover art that is at the same time both poignant and ironic, and certain to be one of the most talked about covers in 2007.
Inside the CD, the music runs the gamut from radio friendly songs to corporate worship anthems to intimate and spontaneous musical moments, all ultimately revealing Upton’s skill as a musician, gift as a songwriter and pastoral heart.