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A Way to See in the Dark, Jason Gray - CD Review

By Ed Rotheram on September 27, 2011

“You are the light of the world - like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let you good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” Matthew 5:14-16 (NLT)

Jesus’ words in the Sermon on the Mount show us who we are called to be in Him - not hidden, but seen; not cautious, but bold in our faith - a light to shine in the darkness. Jason Gray’s new album, A Way to See in The Dark, conveys these feelings with the underlying themes of acceptance, identity, faith, hope and love - all stemming from our relationship with our heavenly Father.

One of the overwhelming messages that this album brings forth is the perfect love of God, which, if we have experienced to the full, casts out all fear. The strength of tracks such as ‘No Thief Like Fear’, ‘Without Running Away’, and ‘Fear is Easy, Love is Hard’ lies in their rooting in 1 John 4. If we know and confess that Jesus is the Son of God, and that we too are children of God, in whom He lives, then we know that as we grow in Him, our love

grows more perfect. As our love grows more perfect, fear and doubt diminish. I cannot tell you how powerfully this message comes across on this album.

The theme of identity comes out strongly in the opening track - ‘Remind Me Who I Am’ - with words such as “tell me lest I forget, who I am to You, that I belong to You”. For me, this song conveys a feeling of worshipping in Spirit as well as Truth - we believe everything that has been said to us through His Word, now we want to feel it through His Spirit.

Arrangements are largely what you’d expect from a contemporary worship leader currently - a nice mix of guitars, bass, drums and keys, with some innovative layered vocals (the title track being a good example of this). If I was to make any criticism of the album it would be here - it’s quite a “safe” album in that it’s what you may expect to find from a live release or a “Sunday morning” style album. Given its' studio setting there was perhaps more room for experimentation and uniqueness.

On the whole, this is a pleasing album to listen to, it will answer a lot of questions for those exploring the themes mentioned previously relating to God’s love, His grace and mercy, and His promises of Hope and Assurance.

-Review by Ed Rotheram

(Be sure to tune in to this month's The Songwriter's Cafe Podcast for our interview with Jason Gray.)

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