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Kansas

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Jennifer Knapp ~ Kansas

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Self-described as "just a girl with a guitar," Knapp, the winner of the 1999 Dove Award for best new artist of the year, crafts acoustic folk-rock in the vein of Lilith Fair rock-maids, yet founds her lyrics on her relationship with God rather than on that of a beau. Kansas basks in both the relative youth of Knapp as a woman and as a Christian, featuring her smartly communicative songwriting, which examines matters of spirit and faith in an era dominated by pop culture. Rather than railing against the inevitable, Knapp has wisely chosen to embrace this seeming dichotomy with the back to back "Undo Me" and "Trinity"; the former, an infectious rock anthem and 1999's Dove rock song of the year, the latter a harmonically layered scripture-based examination of the Holy Spirit. Blessed with an agile, earthy contralto that reaches from matter-of-fact talkiness to power yowl to melodious balladic lilt, coupled with her taut and circular guitar lines and inspired string arrangements, Knapp's Kansas is a testament to her well-used talents. --Paige La Grone

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Prelude (Faithful To Me)
  2. Whole Again
  3. Undo Me
  4. Trinity
  5. In The Name
  6. His Grace Is Sufficient
  7. Martyrs & Thieves
  8. Romans
  9. Refine Me
  10. Hold Me Now
  11. Visions
  12. Faithful To Me (Reprise)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 3, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Gotee Records
  • ASIN: B000005OJE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (167 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,256 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is without a doubt my favorite Contemporary Christian CD. Jennifer's lyrics are full of passion and deep thoughts and feelings--it's not at all fluffy and shallow. Almost every song on this CD deals with how all people are needy, and broken, and searching for healing and wholeness. If you are going through a time of struggling to do the right thing, or are having a hard time believing that God has enough grace to love imperfect people (like you and me)--the lyrics in this CD will revive your soul. And musically, this CD is also top-notch. When I play it in the car with people who aren't Christian, I don't get the groans of disappointment I get when playing other Christian artists. When listening to her CD, people have asked if it was Sarah McLachlan, Alanis Morissette, or Cheryl Crow. And in a world where Christian music is generally thought of (and many times rightly so) as being second to secular music, with "Kansas" Jennifer Knapp breaks those stereotypes.
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This is quality artistry. Most of the songs are pretty simple, but they avoid pop-infection or tired arrangements, and Jennifer Knapp's husky, hearty contralto is a nice change from the sweet, smooth and dominantly alto/soprano vocals from almost all Christian female vocalists. This is clearly a departure from the norm, and a great one.
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.
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After having this cd for almost two years, it is still my absolute favorite. Jen has a way of writing songs that's so refreshing. If you get this cd, you will definitely NOT regret it. There is not a "bad" or "bum" song on this cd. My favorite song is #7 "Martyrs and Thieves". The most awesome line in there goes "Could it be that my worth should depend by the crimson stained grace on a hand?" WOW. And just as I saw in another review, this is most definitely "a girl with a guitar", and she's amazing on it. It's awesome. This is a GREAT buy!
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Before me, 96 people have ranted and raved about this CD, almost unanimously decorating it with a full five stars...so I did something uncharacteristic of me and bought it without ever having heard a single note off of this or either of her albums (I believe there are only two).
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.
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Before I was a Christian and before I believed in anything at all, a friend of mine told me about a musician named Jennifer Knapp. My friend knew what kind of music I listened to and told me that she thought I'd like Jennifer Knapp and perhaps I should listen. I found some of Knapp's songs and gave it a shot. I liked what I heard, so I kept listening. At the time, I wasn't a Christian. Jennifer Knapp is, and her music is about her experience as a Christian. That didn't really matter so much to me; the music was good. Kansas is Jennifer Knapp's first album and is really just a girl and her guitar.
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.
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