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Worship that will change you
on May 2, 2005
Remember the first time you heard Keith Green? You knew you were listening to a minister who used music to get his message across, not an entertainer. That's the same feeling you'll get when listening to Great River Road. This was my introduction to Jason Upton, and I have to say, I was blown away. Almost every song on this CD will stop you in your tracks to listen. I have over 500 CDs, and I can safely say this one is my choice when I need something to help me find God in my day-to-day busy-ness. This is not mainstream radio music, as most of the tracks are well over 5 minutes long, but this is ministry.
Stand out tracks here are "When It Thunders" (rerecorded from a previous release) and "Return to Me", a look at the prodigal's story from the eyes of his father. Jason's American Indian heritage is seen throughout this CD thanks to chants, drums, and flutes sprinkled throughout the songs. Nothing overpowering, but rather icing on the cake.
The only out of place track here is "You Are The One", which is a cover of an old Keith Green song. The laid-back style of the CD doesn't lend itself well to ending with this peppy tune. Still, it's the only mistake on this otherwise perfect worship experience. This gets my highest recommendation for times of quiet reflection and personal worship.