Listen to the new album by Katie Lighty!
Listen to the new album by Katie Lighty!

JFH Indie Review

JFH Indie Inspection Review

Jermaine Bollinger

Jermaine Bollinger
The Great Unknown

Street Date: September 9, 2016
Style: Worship / Power Pop / Alternative
Official Site: Official Website
Buy It: iTunes
Buy It: AmazonMP3


A former worship leader at several churches in his home state of Illinois, singer/songwriter Jermaine Bollinger took the leap that many in his shoes do: Bollinger stepped into the music industry as a full-time artist. With no shortage of albums, his frequency of releasing new material certainly solidifies the "full-time" status; his latest album, The Great Unknown is his third album in 2016 alone (second full-length). Boasting eleven tracks that are tailor-made for radio and youth group worship sets, The Great Unknown is everything you've come to expect from a young, modern day worship band. The one thing here that's not typical of bands like this is the vocals, as the tone and vibrato of Bollinger's voice leads me to believe that he may have been inspired by a number of 80s hair band vocalists. In fact, at some points, Bollinger's voice seems to overpower the music, which is, unfortunately, a rather common power pop rock that has a difficult time separating itself from the over-saturated market.

Despite the commonplace feel of the music, Bollinger and his band do display some musical talent. Though the album may be a bit overproduced, all the instruments seem to be handled by some accomplished musicians who deserve all the credit they get. The main point where I feel the band struggles is in the lyrics. Almost all of the songs are vertically-based worship songs, which is great, but they lack depth. For example, look at the chorus of "Free Fall," which says, "I'm in a free fall, fighting the war between answers and trusting Thee, praying for Your solution, rescue me, wrecked with anxiety, attacked by the enemy, filled me with disillusion." Another example is in the song "Enemy," where Bollinger sings to Satan, "Get behind me, you're nothing but the enemy, set out to enslave me, your joy is to hate me, don't define me, you don't know my identity, to trust you is gravely insane, oh I must refrain, your attempts, they won't destroy me, no your tactics won't employ me." Though Bollinger and his band are album-producing juggernauts, weak lyrics like these and standardized pop rock really take away from what the band has done right. A focus on stronger songwriting and experimentation with the music could lead Jermaine Bollinger and his band to becoming truly great in the industry.

- Review date: 9/3/16, written by Scott Fryberger of Jesusfreakhideout.com


Listen to the new album from Jack Izaak!

 

 

 

go to main Indie review page
go to Indie Review Index

 

           
Listen to the new album from Jack Izaak!

Search JFH



This Monday, August 3, 2020
Jonah Fear (feat. Anomaly) - Single (independent)


This Friday, August 7, 2020
Apollo LTD Patience - Single [Centricity]
Disciple Darkness Dies - Single [Tooth & Nail]
Grandpa Loves Rhinos Searching in the Sarchasm [Indie Vision Music]
Jason Gray Glory Days - Single [Centricity]
Coby James Whatever - Single [Centricity]
Lydia Laird Lydia Laird - EP [Provident]
North Point Worship Praise Your Name [Centricity]
John Schlitt Go Vinyl [4K]
Seventh Day Slumber Unseen: The Lion - EP [Rockfest]
We The Kingdom Holy Water [Capitol CMG]


Next Thursday, August 13, 2020
Various Artists Songs We've Been Trying to Tell You About (And Others We Haven't), Volume 9 [JFH Music]


Next Friday, August 14, 2020
Bride Drop (25th Anniversary Edition) [Girder Records]
Tori Kelly Solitude EP [Capitol]
Life.Church Worship Jesus Is Near EP [DREAM Worship]
PEABOD Heavenly Father - Single [Centricity]
Kim Walker-Smith Wild Heart (Live) [Sparrow/Jesus Culture]


For all release dates, click here!
 



Listen to the new single from Melanie Waldman!




Listen to the new album from The Grace Collective!