Jenny and Tyler "Faint Not" - CD Review & Free Song
Delaware, known as the “First State”, has given us actress Valarie Bertinelli, figure skater Johnny Weir, Vice President Joe Biden and now Jenny & Tyler. Yes they currently reside in Nashville but credit has to be given where the two met at the University of Delaware. On this third full-length release titled “Faint Not”, Jenny & Tyler describe the project as “Our newest release, Faint Not, chronicles our journey of faith over the past year and a half. It’s about not growing weary in seeking truth, loving God, and loving people. We hope the highs, lows, and everything in between will resonate with you.” Um... yeah no problem there you two! Nailed it!
When I jumped at the chance to write a review of the album about a week ago I did not know what I was getting myself into. (Quiet Mom!) I downloaded the album late last week and gave it a quick listen while Iwas still at my office. First thought, wow! I kind of like this! I have some of Jenny & Tyler’s other projects so I am familiar with their sound and to be honest I needed something a little mellower to listen to at the time. You see this past Monday my mother went in for surgery to hopefully rid her body of the cancer she has been fighting. It was a pretty lengthy procedure and spending 9 hours in a waiting room will wear on your soul REAL quick. I remember not sleeping well that night after she was done and I was able to get back home. The next day I was searching in my vast music collection for something to just calm me down and lift my spirits. One of the albums that just hit me in all the right places was this one, “Faint Not”.
Musically this album is like Coldplay married She&Him and became a Folk-Americana band. If you do not know who She&Him are, you need to have some study time with your iTunes account. Tyler’s voice is dead on a Chris Martin clone at times and just soars into some Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic at times (yes, this is a good, GOOD thing!) and Jenny... oh Jenny! Jenny’s voice is what I dream of hearing when I’m sitting in a coffee house and it’s acoustic night…pure, raw, inviting and intriguing.
The album starts with the upbeat “Song For You” that talks about God trying to open a conversation with us and we, being the busy creatures we are, not listening… sound familiar? Does to me…all too often. Upon listening to the song (several times) this line just really hit me between the eyes, “open your heart/open your heart/for I have loved you from the start.” It’s simple; it’s just too simple. Never-ending love and longing for conversation. He’s loved us from before we were born and will past our time on this Earth. It’s amazing how often we need to be reminded of that in our busy lives.
Jumping ahead a few tracks lands us on the title track “Faint Not”…this is just a song you need to listen to, listen to again...and when you think you get it…listen again. Then take the time to read the lyrics a few times….
The problem's not a gun, not a color,
not a hundred dollar bill.
We think the struggle can be won
with simple thoughts like
'come together, be good-willed'
How many times have we all stood there and said “Can’t we all just get along?” “Come on everybody, let’s hug!” “Can’t we all be friends?” It sounds good, it’s supposed to work, but without getting our hands dirty does it really work? Jenny and Tyler seem to answer that for us.
It's not that we don't know,
or we're not shown the proof of poverty
it's not that we don't have the tools
to go and break this yoke of slavery
We quit because it's not an easy fix
and then forget that they are even there,
we forget to care
OUCH!!! Did you feel that punch in the gut? No matter how bad we “think” we have it, there are folks out there worse off. They need our help and Jenny and Tyler are calling us out on it. This is a song I plan on playing and doing a talk on with my youth group! Such a great message in it.
Throughout this week there were two songs that really brought me peace: “Psalm 46” (The Lord is my refuge and my strength…love this verse!) and “Carry Me” (feat. Mac Powell). Let’s be honest Mac is not going to lend his voice to just any artist on just any song. It’s going to have to speak to him as well and I believe this one did. There is this incredible chorus, which just gave me such an incredible feeling of peace, comfort and ease when I needed it most.
When I first met you I drew you in close to Me
Your weaknesses covered with strength and security I've never left you, nor will I ever leave child believe, child believe
I could honestly go on and on about this project from Jenny & Tyler, but hopefully I expressed how much peace it gave me and the challenge it also dropped into my lap that I was not expecting. Not to mention the amazing musical talent these two have! Here is the really cool part and I applaud Jenny and Tyler for doing this...you can go to their site and download the chords and lyrics to all their albums…FOR FREE!
-Review by Doug Leavy
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