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The Medicine

John Mark McMillanAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Raise your voice / Chase away the ghosts." So begins the title track from John Mark McMillan's upcoming release, Economy. A natural progression and a departure, McMillan's latest album has moved away from the themes of death and resurrection that clothed The Medicine to the interior psychology of a man trying to live in the uneasy valley between this world and the next, standing ... Read more in Amazon's John Mark McMillan Store

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  • Audio CD (July 6, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Integrity Music
  • ASIN: B003QSV3IQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,739 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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From the writer of How He Loves, acclaimed independent artist, John Mark McMillan debuts his first album with Integrity Music. John Mark s distinctive style brings a unique brand of gutsy, peotic rock n roll to the Integrity Worship roster.

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From the writer of How He Loves, acclaimed independent artist, John Mark McMillan debuts his first album with Integrity Music. John Mark s distinctive style brings a unique brand of gutsy, peotic rock n roll to the Integrity Worship roster.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:MP3 Music
Perhaps you're tired of most Christian pop music--as a genre, the accusation goes, it tends towards formulaic and unoriginal, copying the same hooks and chords of the secular pop anthems of the moment, "sanctifying" them with references to Jesus and a saccharine, plastic life of artificial perfection as a Christian. Where is the art? Where is the breathtaking draught of life that challenges yet satisfies? For those of you that delight in Christ but despair at the state of popular Christian music, look no further than John Mark McMillan.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars John Mark McMillan | The Medicine August 22, 2010
Format:Audio CD
The Medicine by John Mark McMillan is a great album. I first heard of McMillan after hearing the song How He Loves being picked up by different artists. After listening to this album, McMillan's lyrics seem so honest and real. The melodic lines and his arrangements are very intriguing. You can't help but get caught up in the music. A lot of the songs on this album came out of a troubling time for McMillan and it's those raw lyrics that make this album so great. Personally, I'm not sure how many of these songs would work in my church for corporate worship, but I'm sure there's a place for them somewhere in a worship service depending on the elements of the service.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original and well worth the wait! July 15, 2010
Format:MP3 Music
Love the album and the musicality found on this project. I'm still early in my time with the CD, but one thing that I'm finding as a musician is that the album is challenging me to rethink the arrangements of some of the songs that I use in church on a week to week basis. I say that because the arrangements take common instruments (guitar, bass, etc.) and makes them sound fresh and interesting. The lyrics are not surface level and easy to grasp however. Like a great work of art you have to dig, wrestle, and meditate on what's being said lyrically and musically.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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John Mark McMillan always surpasses CCM standards. This is plain and simply good music with deep lyrics. The first time I heard How He Loves, it moved me to tears. The remake by David Crowder is a sad understatement of the original. I Love, Love, Love JMM's music and style. Can't wait for more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album August 2, 2010
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I really don't have enough good things to say about this album. John Mark Mcmillan is such a pleasure to listen to, his music blends different styles into something truly unique and inspiring. Highly recommended for the artistic quality and creative sound this album has to offer.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just amazing.... August 29, 2010
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It's 2:04 AM so I need to get to bed and prepare for a busy week this week, but I was laying in bed and couldn't get "death in His grave" out of my head so I came downstairs to figure out the lead part and fine tune all the changes on my chord charts so I could surprise the youth group with it this Wednesday... All that blabbering said (like I said, it's 2 in the morning), this album is AMAZING, and I haven't even listened to every song yet. The heart behind the music is something that can't be manufactured and kicks me right in the stomach. Christ centered, worshipful, lyrically beautiful and deep/complex, incredible musicianship, and doctrinally sound. Just absolutely amazing...

John Mark - God bless you sir. I was praying for you tonight as I can imagine you covet prayers. I don't thank God for your awesomeness. I thank God for how awesome He is and his willingness to use a servant to create music as good as this. Stay humble brother and remain faithful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Christian music - would recommend to fans of Kings of Leon and...
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 more
Published 1 month ago by Raistlin Zeitgeist
4.0 out of 5 stars late on the JMM bandwagon
Better than most Christian music out there.
Published 1 month ago by Mark Fabish
5.0 out of 5 stars GO-TO cd
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 8 months ago by sunnydays
5.0 out of 5 stars love this album
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 more
Published 10 months ago by shante708
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and theologically solid- an excellent investment
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 more
Published 17 months ago by Rachael E. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Encouraging. Uplifting. Unique.
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 more
Published 21 months ago by Andrea
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
I really enjoy this guy's music, especially this CD and his delux reissue of The Song Inside the Sounds of Breaking Down. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Natasha
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible
This is the kind of music that makes me sad.

It will never get the acclamation it deserves. Well not until heaven i suppose. Read more
Published on January 23, 2012 by Mandorallen
5.0 out of 5 stars I listen to this CD almost every day.
I love that this is not the usual Christian music: I love the imagery, the context, and that it just sounds different than the same 20 songs the Christian radio stations play. Read more
Published on October 18, 2011 by Elizabeth Strickland
5.0 out of 5 stars Put the windows down!
I've had this on repeat since I bought in a few months ago. This is perfect windows down sing-along music.

If you dig the samples at all, you will LOVE the album. Read more
Published on June 30, 2011 by Carlito
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