The Horizon ~ EP Music Review
~ by suzan
jewel was announced by Mitch in an article on April 4, 2000 ~ In
His Own Words EP release, a haunting anticipation mode began stirring
in my mind. Unaware of his first album available in 98 'till Feb
2000 and then Canticle of the Plains also years after the release,
left me with a don't be caught napping attitude. I was compelled
to add it to my memory music collection as soon as possible. Being
a late comer to his music only gave me more thirst for the next project.
First reaction to his debut album was stunned. Music was enjoyed,
appreciated, and entertaining, but not effecting my essence of existence
in this way. Disturbed by the impact, I was left with the question;
what was going on? Well I listened to it, and then listened some
more, and out of no where penned the experience of absorbing it all in.
That music review is homed at (Mitch
McVicker review) and should have been the end of the story. The
edge didn't smooth though, so I started researching Mitch and decided to
do a modest unofficial web site. With all the search engines, maybe it
would point people to his official site and let the Spirit work on them
for awhile. So now here is another chapter with this music review
of his new EP album.
Mitch is giving us a four song preview of his sophomore album that will be released sometime this fall. Before receiving the recording, I listened to it at his website, first on ram and then mp3. First reaction on ram was umm... something is missing. I downloaded the mp3 versions and got that warm OH YEAH this is awesome chills. There was a substantial difference so if you can preview the sounds in mp3 don't bother with the ram files. The actual recording sounds are crisp, bracing and just sensational.
to simply enjoy this music but I dug into it for pleasure. Listen
to it and go with the Spirit and your own interpretations. Play it as background
music to other projects indoors and out and let it bring you joy and comfort.
article where Mitch explains part of the lyrics:
This track was etched in my memory right after his concert. My first thoughts were how will I ever wait to hear it again. When Mitch played this with Brad the delivery was exceptional. It gave me the first longing desires for that next album. I attacked him after a bookstore concert with WHEN IS IT COMING OUT. "Rekindle my heart with a passion for You, Restore my mind, take my anxious thoughts away And, Lord, make me new like only You can do". This one reminds me of being refreshed by the comfort of Gods forgiveness and being reborn again, in His eyes. I found this verse Psalms 51:10
In this song we are asking God to do just that and we should pray that prayer daily. Yes at times this song seems very intimate between God and Mitch. Then however, in reflection the chorus is another heartfelt prayer we can ALL use with Him. Lyrically there are incredible images churning through out. His style of toning the music down to get the message across is effectively done again with amazing results.
article on this song:
Look Inside Burning The Fields ~ Mitch McVicker
test of how this EP sounds was enlivening. Mitch's approach of doing the
songs in concert before recording them, really sets them up for success
in the studio. I notice a slight difference overall in his voice
between the two album's but nothing negative. In fact, his voice is a testimony
to the power of God. God did more than repair it, the quality that
comes through on this recording is brilliant. On the lyrics, they
are cousins of his first recording; mature, penetrating, addicting and
simply extraordinary. Another plus is that these songs can and have
been performed impressively in concerts. Not very exciting when an
artists puts all the mechanical magic spins on a song, which makes it impossible
to play live for people. Mitch has used some extra studio sounds
to record them, but one of his exceptional talents is that he can get awesome
results alone or with just Brad.. Sorry, Didn't mean to rename Brad to
Just Brad because Mitch and Brad are very sequenced and harmonic together.
Hopefully Brad will get a compilation together soon for us.
My favorite of these four?.. you decide..
Should you buy this EP? You'd be crazy not to. Don't wait like I did on his first album, enjoy it today! I'm finding Mitch's music along with so few others is helping me on my journey with God and you can not put a price on that. The lyrics are on his Official Home Page!
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