STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 86515-16238 LABEL: Key Of David 798576427122 FORMAT: CD Album RELEASE DATE: 2009-11-09 RRP: £12.99
Reviewed by Carl Grimsditch
A 2009 album from the prolific prophet musician, unlike other releases in his extensive catalogue hard to slot into any particular category. The propulsive snare drum rhythm and bass lines of "Between The Graveyard And The Garden" and "Clouds And Creeds" point towards a country rock feel while other tracks stay in a subdued piano driven mood. Elsewhere on the album attentive listeners will identify traces of jazz, rock and pop yet somehow all these elements fuse in a confluence of sound sweeping you away in the current. Jason has banded together with friends and family to produce 10 tracks in his home studio as well as six tracks from various live recordings whilst touring. Some of the best tracks on the album include "On The Rim Of The Visible World" a perfect journey song with effective harmonica embellishments. "Mountain Of The Living God" has a chugging feel, closing your eyes you could almost imaging being sat there on a steam train hurtling towards your destination at great speed. The quality of the recording is substandard in places such for instance the drum parts in many of the songs sound slightly hollow. Although the background noises in "Mountain Of The Living God" and "Shadow Of Your Wings" as well as in other tracks make the recording sound more homely and intimate, the creaking floorboards and shuffling on these two songs mars enjoyment. Always a provider of challenging and insightful lyrics Upton still needs to work on the production details to make a consistently top rate album.
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Jason Upton’s 'On the Rim of the Visible World', is a musical documentation of songs, friendship and following Jesus.
What could be a better environment for such an endeavour than the living room of Jason’s house? Three sessions that took place during the ﬁrst quarter of 2009 resulted in 10 tracks, recorded 'at home', that take you on a journey of varied musical and spiritual terrain.
We then added six tracks, recorded 'on the road', selected from live recordings during 2009.