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WHERE FAITH COMES FROM
Posted September 29, 2008
By CCMmagazine,


If Jared Anderson wanted his audience to figure out where his faith comes from by listening to his latest project of that very title, he just might have fallen short. While the album is filled with solid, positive songs of worship, it suffers from a lack of depth, creativity and originality. Cliché lyrics are rife throughout each track: “Your love is better than life”; “I want to be with You where You are”; “All I want is you…,” for example. And where the lyrics do become somewhat less familiar, they become somewhat stranger: “I’ve slayed the dragons like immortal Frodo Baggins…”

That’s not to say that there are no strong points to the album. It truly does deliver several statements of faith, obedience and a desire to be in God’s presence. But the unfortunate lack of contrast—from the real, tangible struggles of life to the more intangible desires of the heart—makes it somewhat unconvincing.

Musically, the album doesn’t break any new ground. The chord patterns are largely predictable, and the production is solid, yet underwhelming. On more than one track, listeners might find themselves trying to place where they’ve heard that particular lick, rhythm or melody before.

For sure, the faithful heart of Jared Anderson comes through on this album. But the musical quality indelibly suffers from a lack of serious soul-searching and risk-taking. Anderson may know where his faith comes from, but he fails to relate it clearly on this project. - Caroline Lusk

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