Jordan Riley - Jordan Riley

Published Wednesday 1st September 2004
Jordan Riley - Jordan Riley

RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Brian Carr

It's rough around the edges, the mix uncertain at times, has a limited budget but hey this American muso rocks. This album reaches parts "respectable" Christian albums do not get a sniff at. I worked at a battle of the bands at our church last year and this was the stuff the young teen bands had energetic fans crowd surfing to. Jordan with his tattos, bleached hair and piercings would have caught their ear. Blistering guitar is a feature of most tracks and some ideas work better than others but it is always interesting. There are surprisingly some traditional Christian lyrics but set to a frantic pace at times, catch "Next Sunday" but there are mellower moments - "See Me Thru" has plaintive heartcry but most tracks are made for moshers. I like Jordan's voice which he has been refining in church from the early age of three in Washington, USA. Raw energy channelled to proclaiming the good news is how I sum up the listening experience of Jordan Riley.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Mercy [Listen]
2. Catch Me [Listen]
3. Lead On [Listen]

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Reader Comments

Posted by Theresa in Somewhere, US @ 21:22 on Jul 11 2007

Jordan's music goes past what you hear in the studio - there is depth to the lyrics, and that is the greatest and most important thing that I think a musician should have. Some artists out there have stylings that many think are incredible but their lyrics aren't.
Jordan's heart is in the right place - that's all that matters.

Posted by Sarah Harpold in Sherwood, Oregon @ 18:18 on May 3 2007

I disagree that Jordan's music is unoriginal....when your writing your own music and lyrics how is that not original? Maybe if your taking a pre-recorded song and playin around with it to make it different, thats unoriginal. Jordan is a great artist.

Posted by FormerGuitarist in Seattle @ 07:53 on Mar 12 2007

Jordan's music is unoriginal and a regurgitation of music from the late 90's, (Think Creed, but worse). He heavily relys upon his musicians to be the creative effort and not himself.
True he has a heartfelt ministry, but the audience he caters to is selective. Jordan has not played at any secular venues, nor does he boast any musical skills except for his vocals.

Reply by Haley in Minnesota @ 20:12 on Aug 20 2011

Sounds like someone is jaded...especially clear in your user name. Original?

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