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JMM has recently gained some measure of fame as the author of the song "How He Loves," which has since been made famous by the David Crowder Band. But that justifiably regarded song is merely the capstone on an album soaked with profound artistry. His songs combine southern rock vibrancy with a rare degree of poetic lyrical brilliance. His work is praised as being "Christian music that doesn't sound like Christian music," which is accurate in that you may like his work even if you don't like most other works in this genre.
A song-by-song breakdown of The Medicine:
- Reckoning Day - JMM's voice scrapes along the bottom of his register as the chords in minor key and heavy drumbeat illuminate the character of JMM's style. This is one of the darker songs on the album, though it builds to a hopeful chorus: "Lift up your heads, all you gates, lift up your eyes, you who wait . . ."
- The Medicine - A hard-rocking electric-guitar melody supports a prodigal son-type story.
- Skeleton Bones - Along with "How He Loves," this is the track that has legs as a single.Read more ›
Death In His Grave: I love the picture that this song paints about what our Savior did for us on the cross. I also love the way he uses the word death in the lyrics. Even though are Savior was condemned to death, in this song there was victory over death and it was placed in the grave that was meant for our Lord, the grave that couldn't contain Him. On Friday a thief, on Sunday a King, laid down in grief, but awoke with keys, of Hell on that day, the first born of the slain, the Man Jesus Christ, laid death in his grave.
How He Loves: This is a song the church that has become an anthem in the church today. I introduced it to my church for the first time this morning. I love the lyrics he chooses to get across the true force of the love of God and how overwhelming His grace is. What a great song for the church to be able to sing when we feel like all is lost. We have a song that can help us remember how much He loves us. He is jealous for me, loves like a hurricane, I am a tree, bending beneath the weight of his wind and mercy. If grace is an ocean we're all sinking. How he loves us so.
Whether you're religious or not, don't miss out on what this guy has to offer as an artist.
That being said, it's also a great "feeling" album for playing something in the background while I work or chill out on the back porch with my family.
Give it a shot, you won't be disappointed.
Songs such as the Neil Young influenced, The Medicine, and the acoustic elevating anthem of "Skeleton Bones" feature the diverse musical styles of McMillan. McMillan's strong point is his emotional lyrics and vocals on songs like the subtle resurrection tribute, "Death in his Grave," to the stirring melody of "Dress Us Up." Rootsy tracks like the "Philadelphia" and "Ten Thousand" display McMillan's Americana influence, while lyrically you have to dive into this music and listen to the lyrics to really understand the subtle meanings and purpose of McMillan's songs. Standout tracks on the album are the eloquent ballad, "My Only" and the inspirational anthem "How He Loves" which is a song McMillan wrote after the death of a childhood friend and his positive reflection on that situation. John Mark McMillan's The Medicine is a welcomed recording in the current music world with his genuine music that offers an absolute must have for any music lover searching for "real music."
Cross posted from Glide Magazine
Most Recent Customer Reviews
JMM does not disappoint with this album. I can listen to it over and over again. This music is for those people who enjoy music with a strong root in faith and worship, but at the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Daniel
The poetry and heart in this album is stunningly beautiful. Highly recommended.Published 12 months ago by Tim Bailey
My favorite Christian artist. First heard him live at my university and have been hooked ever since. his subsequent albums are just as good. Read morePublished 18 months ago by SolarRaistlinZ
This cd is one of my go-to css. Great lyrics, excellent music, and beautiful messages. Looking forward to this year's expected release by McMillan.Published on January 6, 2014 by sunnydays
I can't say enough about this album. I've been particularly blessed by the lyrical artistry and the way the gospel message is conveyed on songs like "death in his grave"... Read morePublished on November 15, 2013 by shante708
Though best known for "How He Loves," John Mark McMillian's ability to craft theologically solid music with such unassuming genuineness is an art sorely underrated in the Christian... Read morePublished on April 5, 2013 by Rachael E. Smith
I love this album! I've listened many times but I wanted to own it. I love John Mark McMillan's lyrics. I'm not typically a fan of the "Christian" music genre... Read morePublished on December 28, 2012 by Andrea