Jeremy Camp, the Indiana-born Christian artist, has released a new album, The Answer. The album as a whole seems to be ordained for such a time as this. With the brokenness and darkness, we see in the world on a daily basis, a message of hope and light is needed.
And a reminder that Jesus is the answer.
In the title track, ‘The Answer,” Camp speaks to the questions, hurt and pain that is in our own lives and in the world today. If you watch the official video you will meet individuals who have gone through darkness and pain in their lives and have found light and joy, including Camp himself. The message of the song is clear, Jesus is the answer to the questions of life.
There are some who long for Camp to return to the style of his early work. I have been a Camp fan, and I find The Answer reflects a maturing Camp.
His earlier style reflects an earlier Camp.
Jeremy Camp has grown as an artist and as a human, and this album reflects that. And it leaves me thinking the criticism is unmerited.
There are also some who are having trouble wrapping their heads around the final song, “Awake O Sleeper.” To them, it seems to not fit with the rest of the album or with Camp’s style.
“Awake O Sleeper” is a southern rock style song, bringing to my mind the likes of Johnny Cash. The song opens with what sounds like chains being dragged, giving a cadence. It is a call to action song. In the midst of the discussions on race that has recently flooded our Twitter feeds, I cannot help but hear the song calling sleeper Christians to wake up and unmantle themselves from the chains that bind them.
Overall, this is a great album, speaking to our hurts and pains in troubled times. And it speaks hope into the trouble, calling us to be carriers of the Gospel to others who are hurting and in pain.
Thanks to FlyBy Promotions, I am able to give away one CD.
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