Get the new FREE JFH METAL MP3 compilation -- Vol. 3!
Get the new FREE JFH METAL MP3 compilation -- Vol. 3!

JFH Music Review


Jeff Anderson, A Thousand Tongues EP
CLICK COVER TO ENLARGE

Jeff Anderson
A Thousand Tongues EP



Artist Info: Discography
Album length: 4 tracks: 19 minutes, 29 seconds
Street Date: July 5, 2011


After a modest introduction into Christian music with his debut album, Seamless, through Gotee Records in 2005, Jeff Anderson laid low for a few years but is getting ready to release his sophomore full-length record this year. In preparation for it, Anderson has given listeners a four-song taste of what's to come. Titled A Thousand Tongues, the EP may not quite be the grand reintroduction to listeners that it's intended to be.

The EP opens with the Coldplay-ish "Glory to God." Nothing against Coldplay, it's just been done many times before. The music is excellent but once the vocals come in, the song loses its punch as the vocals aren't very strong and the harmonies feel weak. However, "There is a Light (His Name is Jesus)" is much more effective. Anderson's low and soft vocals sound terrific paired with the ambient music. Unfortunately, near the halfway poin, his voice seems to struggle as he tries to belt it out. Oftentimes, raw vocals get pushed to the side when they should be embraced; while they can be very appealing, sometimes a singer should stick to what they do best and stay put.

The title track, "A Thousand Tongues," is indeed the worship song written so long ago by Charles Wesley and covered more recently by David Crowder*Band. While the music is very calming and great to listen to, it suffers from the same problem that the previous songs did: weak vocals. In addition, the melody is simply not easy to follow. Instead of paying homage to the original, Anderson deconstructs the song and rebuilds it as his own. Some people might think this is a great idea, but I would disagree. It is good to interpret differently but to deter so far from the original seems to remove the heart of the song. On a happy note, in the final track, "Your Love Never Fails Me," Anderson finds his sweet spot and sticks with it for most of the track. The passion is so strong as Anderson sings, "Though the world around me crumbles and the voices in my head say, 'I can't do it,' I will go with you." The simplicity of the song is beautiful. His falsetto shines here and the music complements his voice perfectly.

Jeff Anderson's release might not be a complete hit, but it is definitely not a complete miss either. A Thousand Tongues features some great music with a flair for melodic piano-rock. If you are into that style and extremely raw vocals with Christ-centered lyrics, you'll find what you're looking for. Sadly, it won't be anything you haven't already heard.

- Review date: 7/7/11, written by Ryan Barbee of Jesusfreakhideout.com



(JFH Sponsor Spot)

Listen to the debut EP from the band Hopeful.!

 

. Record Label: United Republic Records
. Album length: 4 tracks: 19 minutes, 29 seconds
. Street Date: July 5, 2011
. Buy It: BreezeFire.com

  1. Glory To God (5:31)
  2. There Is A Light (his name is Jesus) (4:30)
  3. A Thousand Tongues (3:42)
  4. Your Love Never Fails Me (5:47)

 

 

 

 

Leave a Comment


 

 

go to main Album review page
go to Album review archive

 


(JFH Sponsor Spot)

 

 

                 
Listen to the debut EP from the band Hopeful.!

Search JFH




This Tuesday, May 28, 2024
ALBUMS
Above the Clouds The Righteous Remixes [Polished Arrow]

This Friday, May 31, 2024
ALBUMS
Crowder The Exile [Capitol CMG]
Jon Foreman In Bloom [Capitol CMG]
HighRoad Straight from the Heart [Daywind]

SINGLES
Natalie Grant A Luz Te Encontrará (feat. Gabriel Henrique) - Single [Curb]

Next Sunday, June 2, 2024
SINGLES
Anathoth No fue Dios - Single [Charon Collective]

Next Friday, June 7, 2024
ALBUMS
Brandon Heath Neverland - EP [Centricity]
Kim Walker-Smith Trample [Come to the Table]


For all release dates, click here!
 



Listen to the new EP from Saved By Skarlet!



Listen to the new Album From Tim Juillet!

Check out depositphotos for royalty free images