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What I really like about this record is Jennifer Knapp's subtle redefinition of what a Christian woman is. I listened to this record multiple times before it occurred to me that there's no mention of relationships, or romance, or hardly even men at all on the entire record. ("I've never been much for the bearing of souls in the presence of any man" is about it -- and illustrates the point I'll get around to making, eventually.) What's more, there's nothing "girly" about these songs. I am a guy who plays guitar, and I can cover them without the slightest embarrassment. And I bet as many guys buy this album as girls do. Jennifer Knapp is a woman who defines herself, in relationship to her God, not in relationship to the men around her. This is a rare thing, and a beautiful thing. As such she is a role model for girls in a new way, and in my opinion a healthier better way. From her music, she appears to be a strong woman, strong in her relationship with God, and weak before him. I admire her for this, and am grateful for her boundary-breaking music.
I've listened to it a total of three times now, and I must say that I'm very happy with my purchase. Although I find it hard to believe that out of 96 previous reviews, nobody shared my first impression of who she sounds like. One reviewer mentioned that in various tracks, she sounds like Tracy Chapman, Joni Mitchell, Fiona Apple, and Sarah McLachlan, which I don't disagree with--but after listening to about 15 seconds of track #2, the first thing that came to mind was "Hey...that sounds *just* like Natalie Merchant!" (of 10,000 Maniacs fame); and the more I listen to Jennifer Knapp, the more I think "Natalie Merchant sings for Jesus." :-)
If you like Natalie Merchant, you will definitely like _Kansas_, and if you are partial to any of the aforementioned artists, you'll find Jennifer Knapp very easy to listen to--a sound that is soothing and familiar yet lyrically unique. If Sarah, Natalie, Joni, or Tracy were to sing for Jesus, this is exactly how I'd imagine them to sound.
I had an idea in my mind of what Christian music sounds like. That idea was of cheesy lyrics and music at least half a decade behind the times. Jennifer Knapp is nothing like that. Her music is down to earth, the lyrics are honest (sometimes painfully so). While most Christian music might extol the glory of God and the benefits of being a Christian, Jennifer Knapp was using her music to define what she believed and to express her doubts and pain as she grew in her faith. I wasn't as far along the path as she was, but her lyrics hit home and it gave me strength and helped me believe in a God I so desperately wanted to be real.
Over time, this album was one of the most formative music experiences in my life and has actually been instrumental (no pun intended) in my becoming a Christian. It is also one that I still listen to quite a bit. Jennifer Knapp is now my favorite artist and this album is one of my all time favorites.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Has very awesome music! Martyrs and Thieves and Hold Me now are so very beautiful!Published 14 months ago by William Kearns
This has always been one of my favorite albums. Jennifer Kapp's music does inspire me in good and bad times. Read morePublished on February 8, 2014 by Amazon Customer
Jennifer Knapp is probably one of the best musicians for this generation. Her music is insightful and breathe taking. She captures her own soul while touching yours. Read morePublished on December 20, 2012 by A. Ramirez
I liked this when it first came out and I still like it today
this girl has an amazing voice and the songs are songs that I can relate to
Jennifer Knapp has a unique gift as a songwriter. She can strip away expectations and "pie-in-the-sky" assumptions and speaks directly to the heart of transformation. Read morePublished on September 22, 2012 by ScotB
I have every cd of hers and the music is beautiful. I eagerly await the next cd. She is my favorite christian singer. Absolutely beautiful!!!!Published on January 31, 2012 by Rudy
Since 2010, Jennifer Knapp has "proudly" proclaimed herself a "Christian Lesbian". There is no such thing. It is time to dump this deceivers music in the trash.Published on January 11, 2012 by J. Bynum