Ripen

March 7, 2006 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: March 7, 2006
  • Release Date: March 7, 2006
  • Label: Sparrow
  • Copyright: (C) 2006 Sparrow Records
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  • Total Length: 1:00:50
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  • ASIN: B000TDBNNQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,876 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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He has a great story to tell, and his message bold!
Randi
I was thrilled when he got a recording contract and have bought each cd released since.
T. Dunckel
This album shows his growth musically, lyrically and spiritually.
Geoffrey H. Gentry

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By L. E. Allan on March 17, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I like this CD better than his first one, but not as much as "Live in Seattle." "Live" was just so real, and beautiful and heartbreaking and soaring. "Ripen" is pretty darn amazing as well. I love "Free" which is a song about wanting to break out of bondage. It's so easy to relate to- whatever is holding you down- a relationship, a job, sin, sorrow, doubt- this song will speak to your heart. Another great song is "Perfectly Done," with encouraging lines like, "Hey little brother, Oh I know life has been rough, But I believe in you, cause in God you are tough."

Unlike a lot of "joyful" Christian music, Shawn is more serious, and doesn't even crack a smile in the CD art. When you aren't in the mood for the bombastic style of Praise&Worship music, sit down on the couch with a cup of coffee and soak in "Ripen." More about man's struggle than God's glory, this CD tends to feel like a series of personal yearning prayers being sung. Very much like the Psalms. Not quite as poetic, but just as honest.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Joseph B. Pannell on April 21, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Something seriously lacking in today's music culture is "realness" and "honesty". This is especially true in the Christian market. But, when an artist is able to strip away these bounds, he makes music that makes fans truly attach themselves to in a strong way. This is the beauty of authentic art! Such is the case with Ripen. This collection is as real as it gets. The songs are raw in every sense...from their stark acoustic sound to the raw emotion in each lyric. It is like you are an old friend and Shawn is opening his heart to you.

His vocals are grasping. His pure yet rough voice pushes itself to the edge, at times even breaking, but providing a connection that is almost unnerving in its openness. The lush music is full and rich, while somehow managing to sound simple and bare at the same time.

Before hearing it, I heard one reviewer say he liked it as much as Sufjan Stevens. As crazy as this sounded, I am starting to understand. Ripen is an album that deserves widespread mainstream accolades but will not get it.

It is a great piece of music from an amazing young artist.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Geoffrey H. Gentry on March 7, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Shawn is an honest singer song writer. This album shows his growth musically, lyrically and spiritually. It is deep and powerful. This album has light and fun fair (Pour Out), rocking instrumentals (Imago), combined with raw honesty (Lovely) and encouragement (Perfectly Done). Hands down one of the years best releases and well worth your money. I've listed to it over and over and still not tired of it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 3, 2006
Format: Audio CD
First discovered this artist when I heard the song "Free" on the radio and was obsessed with finding out who sang it. I quickly bought "Live In Seattle" and then this album. Both are now favorites. Shawn McDonald combines complete honesty and compelling simplicity in his vocals and his lyrics. Thought-provoking, faith-building, and Christ-centered. Should appeal to all ages and tastes. This is a young man with talent and wisdom beyond his years. I look forward to more great things from him.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Dunckel on September 1, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I first discovered Shawn when his music was posted at mp3.com and immediately ordered the two cds they had available at the time, Focal Point and Live. They were amazing. I was thrilled when he got a recording contract and have bought each cd released since. This young man has such insight and depth that you just don't see in contemporary music. I've just been blown away by him from the very beginning and continue to be. In my opinion this is as good as Christian music gets, in fact it's about as good as any music gets.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Beady White on September 28, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is a CD/DVD 2 disc set

Track List on CD is:
1. I Want To Be Ready
2. The Rider On The White Horse
3. Reason
4. I Am Nothing
5. Free
6. Ramblings Of A Beggar
7. My Salvation
8. Pour Out
9. Confess
10. Home
11. Take Hold
12. Perfectly Done
13. Imago
14. A Little More
15. Lovely

DVD includes over 1 hour of content. It includes:

My Salvation (acoustic)
Pour Out (acoustic)
Stories behind Ripen
Shawn's Jounrney (Video)
Shawn's Photography
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Stone on October 15, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Not as good as his last two albums, but The Rider on the White Horse is worth the price of admission alone on this album. You do not get any more spiritual than this when you hear the sound of horses galloping and imagine Jesus riding on His White horse. A haunting rythmic style that makes you look up at the heavens in the middle of sunset watching and waiting for His return. This song alone and Ramblings of a Beggar are worth the price of the CD. Don't miss your chance to be blessed.
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Written by Jessie Roberts for Spirit1053.com:::

Whenever an artist is authentic, their music becomes very attractive. True authenticity is rare. Often a listener is obliged to sift through the various levels of clichés and conformities that envelop or completely swallow whatever unique perspective an artist has to offer. It can be very frustrating to try and get at the heart of the musician and discern whether or not they are being honest with you.

This is not the case with Shawn McDonald. Just as his music is raw and pared down to the basic elements of acoustic guitar and little else, it is clear that his songs come directly from his heart and soul. It is almost unnerving, because it feels as though you are listening to material that is very personal. Shawn cites Cat Stevens and Bob Dylan as influences, which rings true because it was that same quality of speaking in truth and honesty that made those legends so attractive.

Shawn's newest release Ripen is reflective and meditative. It is difficult to repeat a phrase several times over and not be a bore, but Shawn succeeds. In "The Rider on the White Horse" (which is alluding to Rev. 19:11), he repeats the phrase "Today I'm going to see, see the King" with a throbbing anticipation that is very stirring (you can almost hear the sound of galloping hooves). He contemplates phrases in several other songs, including "I Want to be Ready" and "Reason," probing the words deeply for meaning.

Ripen is not weighed down by ponderousness, either. "A Little More" and "Lovely" break from the meditative quality of other tracks with a more narrative style. "Take Hold" is a song of encouragement to a struggling friend, and "Confess" is a quietly joyful song to his new wife.

Shawn McDonald moved Christian listeners with the genuine quality of his debut release "Simply Nothing," and this sophomore studio release is a very exciting second chapter to his story.
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