Josh White - Absolution

Published Monday 13th January 2014
Josh White - Absolution
Josh White - Absolution

STYLE: Roots/Acoustic
RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 147256-21511
LABEL: Deeper Well
FORMAT: Digital Only Album
RELEASE DATE: 2013-11-26

Reviewed by Lins Honeyman

Oregon-based singer/songwriter Josh White - not to be confused with his legendary blues namesake - has released a second solo album following his departure from worship rock band Telecast. Revisiting and deconstructing songs from the three Telecast albums, White offers up a fresh and intimate take on attuned songs of devotion that are refreshingly a million miles away from today's big worship sound and ultimately prove to be just as powerful when it comes to helping the listener reflect on God's love. White's success lies in his understated yet absorbing delivery and the choice of stripped back instrumentation - mostly White accompanied by a couple of acoustic guitars or a dampened piano, augmented by the occasional harmony, banjo or plaintive slide - and songs such as the title track or the haunting "Face To Face" reflect the overriding Americana feel of this release. Elsewhere, White gently brings the band in on the Jack Johnson-like "The Way" and "Anchor Of My Soul" - a song of submission to God - whilst the likes of the beautiful "Covered" expertly takes proceedings back down a notch and quietly proclaims the redemptive power of Christ's blood. The title of the closing track "Beauty Of Simplicity" sums up this endearing album from one of Christian music's best kept secrets.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Rickie Crawn Sr. in Netcon N.J @ 00:37 on Feb 22 2016

Absolutely a gift of song from God,To praise him.I listen
every day because it contains great inspiration.Not to mention the superb talent.This music will spread slow but it will reach far and wide.
Let me know if you ever do a tour,I will share with all whom I know,Actually some of my friends That listened absolutely love it.So heart felt filled with unconditional Faith to our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.This music has brought me closer to God,And it will do the same for all who listen.May God continue to Bless you with song,And God bless the Followers: Wounded healer,Also highly inspirational.This is more than music, God is speaking to us all through song like I have never heard before.May your message continue with more song,In the name of Jesus

Posted by Ann woodruff in Lancaster Ohio @ 02:25 on Feb 27 2014


Posted by Paul in NC @ 00:06 on Jan 21 2014

Great review!
I too am instantly in with Josh's music and through his church have been blessed by some artists that are truly talented as well off the beaten path.
I am wondering if anyone else hears the shocking similarity between Josh's voice and John Lennon? It really is more prevalent on his "Pilgrim" album but I can't help to think I am the only one who hears this.

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