Jared Anderson is back with Where Faith Comes From, a new project full of more incredible passionate songs from the heart of one of today's top songwriters. As the writer of top worship songs "Rescue," "Amazed" and "Hear Us From Heaven," Jared is well-known in the worship community as a bright and fresh songwriter who crafts songs that help lead worshipers into the presence of God.
Format: Compact disc Vendor: Provident Music Distribution
If Jared Anderson wanted his audience to figure out where his faith comes from by listening to his latest project of that very title, he just might have fallen short. While the album is filled with solid, positive songs of worship, it suffers from a lack of depth, creativity and originality. Cliché lyrics are rife throughout each track: Your love is better than life; I want to be with You where You are; All I want is you , for example. And where the lyrics do become somewhat less familiar, they become somewhat stranger: Ive slayed the dragons like immortal Frodo Baggins
Thats not to say that there are no strong points to the album. It truly does deliver several statements of faith, obedience and a desire to be in Gods presence. But the unfortunate lack of contrastfrom the real, tangible struggles of life to the more intangible desires of the heartmakes it somewhat unconvincing.
Musically, the album doesnt break any new ground. The chord patterns are largely predictable, and the production is solid, yet underwhelming. On more than one track, listeners might find themselves trying to place where theyve heard that particular lick, rhythm or melody before.
For sure, the faithful heart of Jared Anderson comes through on this album. But the musical quality indelibly suffers from a lack of serious soul-searching and risk-taking. Anderson may know where his faith comes from, but he fails to relate it clearly on this project.