Overview For most of his life, 24-year-old singer songwriter Jason Morant has been a part of New Orleans, its Church, and its music. His second release, Open, underscores the artist?s gift for melody, as colorful and textured as the city he?s from. It?s equal parts rock, pop, folk, and worship; he?s inspired by all of it.
Open honors the city?s musical diversity through rich instrumentation that includes ambient strings and horns, along with piano, dobro, banjo, and accordion. Lyrically, the songwriter exposes his range too, delving into personal subject matter and addressing the Church on issues near to his heart.
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Studio: Integrity Music/Vertical
Record Label Vertical Music
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.44" Width: 6.4" Height: 0.39" Weight: 0.22 lbs.
Release Date May 30, 2006
Publisher PROVIDENT-INTEGRITY #1225
ISBN 0012364932 ISBN13 0000768387023 UPC 000768387023
This release by Jason Morant is truly a unique worship experience! Jason takes styles from his first album and melds in more folk, british pop as well some rock and experimental sounds all to lyrics filled with worship! The album has a very ambient sound to it and sometimes sounds almost dreamy and full of air, but that all adds to the huge amount of worship that is displayed. It sounds like it just flows into a room.
Jason's lyrics have a real depth to them on this album. Take the songs Veils which says, "What will it take to be closer to You? Show me what stands in my way. Strip away all of the veils on my heart Lord. You know that I want just to look at Your face." Many of the songs display this passion to be face to face with Jesus including, 'I Will Run', 'Offering' and the intimate 'Abba'.
Jason also has a couple of songs that point the Church toward opening the doors for the poor and needy. Check out the words of the title track 'Open': "It's time for something more real than all these words. While the least of these are broken and dying. It's time to live in love. Open up your doors, let the Son shine out into the night you're hiding from, let your hearts bleed with love. Love's the only voice that's heard, so let your love be heard." Wow! 'Come Let Us Return' is also another call to return to Him so the world will hear and realize who the King is!
Not only are is their so much lyrical depth of worship in this album but the arrangements of the songs are beautiful. Jason mixes in not just guitars and piano, but also dobro, banjo and accordion. The unique mix of the flavors of music and instruments give it that unique sound.
He also adds very unique melodies to each of the songs. The songs are not written to be sung by a congregation since they do soar at many points, but the unfamiliarity of the melodies really grows on you. This adds just one more depth of uniqueness to the album. There is a definite similarity between the melodies on this CD and that of Phil Wickham (and you can hear the Coldplay influence as well), but Jason stretches the boundaries even more!
The music is soothing to listen to and the presence of God can be felt as you soak in and join the worship Jason offers to the throne of God. This album has everything and with 16 songs on it, it is more than worth the purchase! I cannot recommend this CD enough. The style may not fit everyone but this is truly one of the best albums of the year!