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Josh Wilson, See You
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Josh Wilson
See You



Artist Info: Discography
Album length: 12 tracks: 38 minutes, 3 seconds
Street Date: February 8, 2011


Josh Wilson's acoustic pop sound has been a treat for music fans since his debut in 2008. Over the course of one full release and a seven-song EP, Wilson was able to experiment with a few different sounds. His latest, See You, ends up as a mixture of these two musical ventures. It combines the mellow but heartfelt style from his debut with the solid pop sound of Life Is Not A Snapshot. Because of this, unfortunately, little new ground is gained.

The album begins with "Sing It," a short introduction with a sound reminiscent of Trying To Fit The Ocean In A Cup. The next four songs all sound slightly overproduced, with radio-ready melodies. On previous releases, Wilson presented songs that clearly established struggles within faith, and the slightly narrative "See You" makes for a fine, introspective title track. It smoothly transitions into the instrumental "It Is Well," which is nicely executed, but does not stand up to Wilson's previously released instrumental gem, "Amazing Grace." Finally, the beat picks up for "Shine On Us," and "Always Only You," the latter of which is an excellent display of Wilson's ability to pen cute love songs. The final two tracks are less than noteworthy musically, and could easily be confused with songs from his debut. However, they do have thoughtful lyrics that many will be able to relate to. The album ends just as it began, with the heartfelt reprise to "Sing It."

It would not be difficult to argue that Josh Wilson is one of the more talented singer-songwriters in the Christian music industry today. He's had radio success to go along with his above average debut and EP. However, See You fails to show distinguished progression in further developing a unique style. Hopefully this will not be the case with future releases. In the meantime, fans not looking for change will be quite happy with See You.

- Review date: 2/6/11, written by Samantha Schaumberg of Jesusfreakhideout.com

 

JFH Staff's Second Opinion



Josh Wilson's acoustic pop-rock brings some fresh sounds to the Christian music genre with his latest release, See You. See You reflects Wilson's progression as an artist and allows him to shine through with his unique vocal delivery, real life songwriting, and as an impressive musician (he plays 20 different musicians on the album). The album begins and ends with "Sing It," a subtle finger-picking style acoustic guitar number written as humble praise for God. "I Refuse" is a pop-rock gem inspired which has the inspirational message of "I refuse to do nothing." The Jason Mraz influenced "Always Only You" is a song pulled from his own life as a newlywed, written for his wife. Wilson displays his instrumental prowess on an acoustic rendition of the classic hymn "It is Well" that stays true to the original melody while offering a refreshing new arrangement. The uplifting "Shine On Us" was inspired while on a mission trip and offers an irresistible chorus of "Shine, Shine on us, God we need your love." The contemplative title track is a piano driven song that displays some soul searching, stretching us to find God in every situation, whether good or bad. See You could springboard Wilson to the next level and will be on many must-have lists for 2011. - Jason Rooks, 2/5/11

 

. Record Label: Sparrow Records
. Album length: 12 tracks: 38 minutes, 3 seconds
. Street Date: February 8, 2011
. Buy It: iTunes
. Buy It: Amazon.com

  1. Sing It (2:31)
  2. Behind The Beauty (3:12)
  3. I Refuse (3:38)
  4. Fall Apart (3:28)
  5. Know By Now (2:49)
  6. See You (3:53)
  7. It Is Well (4:23)
  8. Shine On Us (2:48)
  9. Always Only You (2:54)
  10. Forest Fire (3:52)
  11. They Just Believe (3:37)
  12. Sing It (Reprise) (1:03)
  13. Linear (for Digital Deluxe) (4:23)
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