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CD Review: Jim Black - 'til then...

Solid debut for an independent Christian recording artist.

by G.A. Johnson
May 2, 2004

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Music CD Review: 'til then - Jim Black_G.A. Johnson-CD review There are places you visit, and you feel like you want to go back, even before you've left. There are books you read, and you feel you've been reading that favorite author for years. There are chairs you sit in that you'd like to bring home with you. They're just the right fit. And there are CD's you put on your stereo, and you like them right away. They're comfortable. They're encouraging. They're new songs, but you like them right away. That's the feel of Jim Black's debut CD: 'til then...

Jim Black is a fresh Contemporary Christian artist who has something new to offer this increasingly important music genre. He blends his songwriting (really story-telling) skills with his guitar-playing and vocal skills to achieve an excellent first effort, leaving the hearer wanting more.

After a season of the intense agony depicted in Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ, this collection of Christ-oriented songs is a welcome, Easter season offering of healing and hope. While Mel concentrated on the pain Christ suffered, Jim Black reminds us of Jesus' strength, caring, love, and forgiveness. After coming face to face with a crucified King, we need and find the wounded Healer here, One that can conquer even death.

Jim starts his collection of songs with the hummable "Lead Me", followed by a warmly reminiscent "I Can Remember" (The Underwear Song,) and then "I Will Follow You," which can linger in your mind all week. Jim's grasp of an abundant life, and his ability to write and sing in such an encouraging, entertaining way, is what keeps the CD in your car deck or in your boom box. Here is an artist who doesn't just play and sing. He communicates. You'd like to have him over for supper. You'd like to have him bring along his guitar and sit by the fireplace. You can listen to some samples of Mr. Black's CD on www.JimBlacksongs.com.

Also notable on the CD is "All the Difference", a Christian take on 9/11. And then there is the hauntingly expressive "Forever". All the songs are filled with meaning. All are personal, and give words to feelings one might have, but didn't know how to express. All are hope-filled. We can certainly use more hope in our world today. I recommend the CD, on the hope of future albums and more Jim Black. 'Til then, we at least have this one.

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sherri from Michigan writes:
May 5, 2004
I appreciate your review of this song writter. I agree whole heartedly. His songs are inspiring, uplifting, and encouraging. May God Bless all listeners of this CD.

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