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5.0 out of 5 stars You gotta see him live. Then download this immediately., June 6, 2013
This review is from: Cast My Cares (Audio CD)
(I copied and pasted this from my review of his MP3 download.)

I can't believe there aren't more reviews on this guy's music/ministry, so I'm happy to contribute one.

My worship team just got back from the Christian Musician's Summit in Buffalo, NY. We saw One Sonic Society play with Some-Random-Guy we'd never heard of, (Timmons) who just quietly strummed his acoustic guitar along with OSS's music. Now, I've not listened to anything in the last 5 years that wasn't A) produced by Bob and Larry or B) on our worship team set list, so I really enjoyed the first part of that set. I realized that OSS had done more than half of the songs on our worship team's current rotation, so as a worship leader, I set myself to watching, "How does the guitarist do so-and-so? How do they sing this part? Dang, Ingram enunciates 'Majesty' the right way so that it's not all nasally!" etc.

Then, Some-Random-Guy takes center stage, and goes from "Quiet Accompanying Dude" to "Happy Little Leprechaun" with the speed of time-lapse photography. [He's actually not little--I was shocked after the show to see how tall he was, but you get the point.] His effusive energy, and driving encouragement, overwhelmed any attempt on my part to judge technical aspects of the show. All of the sudden, the entire audience---full, mind you, of worship leaders, musicians, and jaded, burned-out servants of God---couldn't help but sing praises out to the Father with everything inside of us. These were songs I'd never heard before, but were able to capture emotions and conflicts and strong theology in a nutshell, and point us directly back to God's majesty, fullness, tenderness, and provision. Were there stage lights? I dunno. Did anyone miss a note? I have no clue. What was that pedal that Stu G used during such-and-such part of the show? Wait a minute...I forgot there was even an electric guitar there. I was busy, seeing and loving the face of God.

Timmons shared a bit of his testimony--not enough to make you walk away feeling like you know the guy, but enough to be certain of this: these songs were born from learning to trust God through suffering. I hope the entire Bride of Christ learns how to trust and worship God in the midst of trials, instead of being angry that they happen at all. If we do, maybe we can all come out with the refreshing, encouraging, praising lyrics that Timmons delivers on this CD.

"Cast My Cares" was rattling around in my brain for days afterwards, and "Let's Be Beautiful" later became my favorite track. "Christ in Me" has me bouncing up and down on my toes every time I remember it, and has neat little hooks that keep the message stuck in my head throughout a hard day.

However, I want to point out that, apart from Timmons' extreme focus on Christ, and his powerful lyrics, there really isn't much else musically, vocally, or instrumentally that stands out. [Every time I get a song of his stuck in my head, I'm hearing David Crowder's voice sing it. Weird.] I'm reminded of a little garage band I saw in NC in the mid-90s that stunned me with their ability to lead a crowd in worship, then they went so adult-contemporary that they lost all their lyrical power, and sounded just like everyone else. Third Something...Third Week? Third Year? What were they called again? I dunno. I just hope that Timmons continues along the vein of extreme focus on Christ, even as the inevitable success comes his way. It's his gift, and I hope he carries it well. He'll definitely be in my prayers, and I can't wait to introduce his songs to our church.
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