What does THIS CD mean?
Posted February 15, 2008
Jeremy Camp has one good voice. It's gotten him a pair of male vocalist awards by the GMA. Throw in tons of hit singles and you have on impressive and popular artist. Jermey Camps' newest album Beyond Measure is, at first glance, another powerful mix of rock, and worship music with great lyrics.
In a deeper glance everyone learns they have been scammed, well that is if you only listened to the radio. His number one rock hit "tonight" and his medium to light rock smash single "let it fade" are only two of three actual rock songs on the album, the other being "no matter what". There is no doubt that "tonight" is a top notch rock song, and so is "no matter what", even if the latter is a little gritty. The rest of the album is worship music, with the majority being rather soft.
For those radio stations that didn't play Camp's rock music they got the hits "what it means" and "give you glory" which are pretty good worship songs in terms of music. The title track "beyond measure" has a slow start but is a pretty good light rock song. Jeremy's voice is really high on "feels like", which isn't all that good, and neither is the disjointed soft music. "When you are near" is slow but is appealing for some reason, the rest of the tunes on his album are really soft.
One thing is for sure with Jeremy Camp's lyrics: he's really big into sacrifice. From the title track to "no matter what", "to what it means" are all about being more of oneself and more like God. It's also interesting to note how his rock songs messages are always clear. However his messages get really repetitive, if you hear four songs of his album you have heard them all. "give me Jesus" is heavily repetitive, and while it may sound emotional what is it really saying: In the morning when I rise/Give me Jesus/When I am alone/ When I come to die; now you have hear the song.
The radio can be deceptive when it comes to music, and Beyond Measure is a perfect example, so doesn't buy the album simply because you have heard a few rock songs on the radio. The lyrics are good, however how many times do we need to hear a similar message before it gets old? Thirteen times? If so Jeremy Camp succeeds on this album.
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