When Jordan Feliz dropped onto the Christian music scene in the summer of 2017, his arrival was like a breath of fresh air. Eschewing the more staid, custom-fitted-for-the-congregation aesthetic favored by the majority of his Top 40 contemporaries, Feliz opted for a decidedly looser, funkier and, truth be told, whole lot catchier, brand of pop than that with which most radio dwellers were acquainted. Fans of his superbly syncopated previous effort will find more than enough of that same soulful groove-laden material to tide them over until the next release drops. And those who have yet to discover the California native's winsome syncopated stylings would do well to pick up his latest album post haste.
Purists may balk at the fact that there isn't much diversity on the record, thanks to the relentlessly mid-tempo rhythms, hand-clapped percussion and root-to-second chord-change structures that stretch, for the most part, from start to finish across the length of the proceedings. But, really, once the average listener makes it to, say, the ten-minute mark, that similarity actually begins to work as a sort of an advantage, lending the album an almost hypnotic cohesiveness that's hard to fault and even harder to resist.
To be sure, once the last song is finished, more than a few hearers will find themselves immediately reaching for the play button to treat themselves to a second spin. Admittedly not quite as eclectic as the last outing, Feliz's new undertaking has it topped in terms of accessibility, making both projects required listening for anyone with even a modest appreciation for uplifting, impeccably-performed pop.- Review date: 3/29/18, written by Bert Gangl of Jesusfreakhideout.com
Record Label: Centricity Music
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