Jacob Constantine bills his music as “kinda like Weezer for Christians.”
I was never really a fan of Weezer, and you might expect that, before I signed up to review his album, I might have considered this.
Yeah, well, in my enthusiasm to hear something new and different, I didn’t.
I’ve been jamming to 12 Tribes‘ album “Sing a New Song” for a month (or three, ahem). It has the feel of the stuff I liked in college, with words from Psalms I like now, with something else.
I can’t put my finger on the something else. And writing about music isn’t as easy for a non-musician as you might think it would be. (Hold on, people, this is gonna be a ride.)
Here’s what Constantine says about his album:
Hope versus despair. Light versus darkness. Those are the themes of the debut EP, “Sing A New Song” from 12 Tribes. Slamming guitars and funky beats support lyrics that preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, J. Constantine, wrote, performed, and recorded all the music and vocals. My message to all who listen is a simple one: “Play it Loud and Pray Always.”
Kinda gives the phrase “one-man band” a new meaning, huh?[youtube_sc url=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6ztEkntKR0″]
It does sound good loud, I can vouch for that. But it also sounds good softer. There are a few instrumental pieces that I wasn’t expecting and that I really, really, really liked. They were beautiful, in fact, in a way that the other bass-pounding guitar-heavy tracks weren’t.
They were good, don’t get me wrong. In a “crank it up and give God whatcha got” kind of way. Folding laundry took on a WHOLE NEW groove with this album playing.
The album has seven tracks:
- Sing a New Song
- Your Love (Takes Me Higher)
- King of Kings
- Call on the Lord
- New Creation (instrumental)
- Eternity (instrumental)
After listening to this album, I’ve decided that I’m going to go ahead and order up Constantine’s next project: a duet album. I’d like him to start with Audrey Assad, continue to Sarah Hart, and maybe explore pairing up with Matt Maher.
Hey, a girl can dream. Until then, pardon me, I have some folding to do.[youtube_sc url=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtGYdqltxmE”]
Copyright 2014, Sarah Reinhard