I imagine these sessions were very fulfilling for Jon, as the songs are expressive pure emotion. Dont look for any catchy pop chorus, but if you want to dig into something thoughtful, beautiful, and gritty...this might be a pleasant discovery. Simple sounds but with some unexpected arrangements that really help tell the stories and convey thoughts.
What an honestly beautiful collection of songs. Jon brings to the plate a collect of songs from two seasons (fall and winter) and released them on one cd. (The EPs released by themselves in digital format at the start of each season.) Most of the subjects are great to chew on, and some hard to swallow.. but they all beautifully settle in your system. He's not afraid to be honest, or afraid to be himself.. but he trust us with songs that he believes in; songs that are a piece of him. You can't help but feel honored to hear a bit of what goes on inside.. There are beautifully written ballads of worship.. emotional or convicting songs... Of course, it's all very different than the type and style of music that he writes for Switchfoot. So, if you're not into rough, acoustic, "downtempo" (as he calls it) tracks, this cd isn't for you. But if you wish to be moved and challenged.. please give this cd a chance. Most of the songs are tied in with strings or an horn instrument here or there.. You'll love just hanging out, listening to the music..Some of my favorite tracks are "Lord, Save Me From Myself", "Cure For The Pain", "Somebody's Baby", "Southbound Train" and "I Am Still Running".I think it's a great privilege to finally hear something from Jon on his own. I look forward to listening to this cd over and over.. and happily await the release of teh Spring/Summer cd.