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Jason Gray
Everything Sad Is Coming Untrue

Artist Info: Discography
Album length: 13 tracks: 49 minutes, 4 seconds
Street Date: September 1, 2009

Good music/lyrics are supposed to be relatable. The listener wants to be reassured that they aren't alone in their struggles, and they want to be told the truth. Jason Gray is on top of his game in that respect, and his latest album Everything Sad is Coming Untrue is proof of that.

At the push of a button, the pleasant sound of the first track "More Like Falling In Love" appears, Jason's clear voice illustrating what being a Christian should be like. "It's gotta be more like falling in love/ than something to believe in/more like losing my heart/ than giving my allegiance" - words that we can all nod along with. "Everything Sad is Coming Untrue (Part 1)" brings to light the fact that God makes good come from evil, even using "Rwanda's killing fields" as an example. These first songs set the bar for the album musically, as the bulk of the collection contains happy acoustic-driven pop and folk sounds that add a cheery element to the otherwise heavyweight messages.

Gray makes some hefty proclamations throughout the record, which is one of the reasons this album is such a joy to listen to. He willingly tells of losing passion and having to start over daily in "For the First Time Again." "Fade With Our Voices" asks the church if the worship we offer only happens on Sunday mornings or if it continues beyond the songs and into our everyday lives. While some songs have rather uppity instrumental qualities (there's even a whistle or two), tracks such as these are more intense, and unfortunately sound a little too straightforward and uninteresting musically. From addressing his hesitation to open up to others in "Holding the Key" and sharing his most commonly prayed prayers in "Help Me, Thank You," Jason makes a sincere attempt at causing us to look at ourselves in a different light.

The album continues with the dry acoustic "How I Ended Up Here," (a personal favorite) "Better Way To Live" (which almost seems like a more detailed continuation of Switchfoot's "Meant To Live"), "Hold Me Back," and the soft, beautifully crafted "The Golden Boy and The Prodigal," a tale of the two sides to every person.

Jason brings the listener to a point of surrender in "Jesus Use Me, I'm Yours," and in "I Am New," expresses the desire to be recognized by the person he is being remade into, rather than the person he used to be. The album's closer "Everything Sad is Coming Untrue (Part 2)" takes on a bit of a sad tone, a contrast to its other half, focusing on the bad that spurs the good, questioning, "how could it be, that everything sad is coming untrue?" Inserting a message of hope, it manages to close the album nicely on both a lyrical and musical scale. A quiet number, it leaves the listener deep in thought and strangely calmed.

Everything Sadů is a gem. Jason Gray has written songs that are in-your-face yet tactful, outspoken yet soothing, serious yet lighthearted. More than often it is the lightness of the music itself that balances the heaviness of the messages. Quite a few tracks could excite a congregation, bringing on a welcome change from typical Chris Tomlin and Michael W. Smith-esque services. It's a uniquely worshipful collection of thought-provoking songs, and is worth an honest shot.

- PReview date: 8/1/09, Reviewed 8/28/09 by Laura Cree of

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JFH Staff's Second Opinion

After a prolonged bout with writer's block, it seemed that Jason Gray's Centricity debut All the Lovely Losers might be the last we heard from him. Fortunately, that's not the case! Jason's back with Everything Sad is Coming Untrue, a new collection of introspective songs anyone can identify with. Musically, it's radio-friendly pop with folk sensibilities, a lot like Bebo Norman's recent work, but the place where Jason's art really excels is the lyrics. These songs are literate, thought-provoking, and sincere. The title track -- both parts one and two -- offer a majestic glimpse of hope in a dark world, the first with a cheery pop melody, the second as a quiet acoustic song. Jason's at his best with these softer tracks, letting the words shine with just his voice and acoustic guitar. "The Golden Boy and the Prodigal" is a perfect example, a confessional song that stands out as one of the album's finest moments. But there are plenty of wonderful upbeat moments too, like "Help Me, Thank You," an infectious track that brightens up the middle of the album with a dose of Jason Mraz/Jimmy Needham-style pop. Jason Gray manages to strike the balance between depth and fun, winning you over with a quirky personality while opening himself up with refreshing transparency. For something deeper than the usual pop fare, be sure to check out the latest release from this gifted songwriter. - Jen Rose


. Record Label: Centricity Music
. Album length: 13 tracks: 49 minutes, 4 seconds
. Street Date: September 1, 2009
. Buy It:
. Buy It:

  1. More Like Falling In Love
  2. Everything Sad Is Coming Untrue (Part 1)
  3. For The First Time Again
  4. Fade With Our Voices
  5. Holding The Key
  6. How I Ended Up Here
  7. Help Me, Thank You
  8. Better Way To Live
  9. Hold Me Back
  10. The Golden Boy & The Prodigal
  11. Jesus Use Me, I'm Yours
  12. I Am New
  13. Everything Sad Is Coming Untrue (Part 2)



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