The Man Inside
It’s been five years between projects for Jon Gibson, so you could say
that this B-Rite debut introduces the respected soulful singer-songwriter all
over again. Producers: Jon Gibson, Tommy Sims, Armando Colin, Big Yam & Vinno, others
album release date: October 19, 1999
Though the “blue-eyed soul’ and “Stevie Wonder sound-alike” clichés
that continue to be tossed in his direction are not inaccurate, there is so much
more to Jon Gibson. An incredible master of tune, Gibson has always had the
ability to pour relevant, very personal and Jesus-directed lyrics into his
composition. The result is music that knows few boundaries; music that is
The Man Inside is a seamless flow of fifteen cuts (12 songs and 3
interludes) that makes its 57 minutes total length seem to take half that.
The title track serves as the thematic backdrop for the project, presenting
an appeal to “drop your pride, look at the man inside”, laid over a
relentless guitar- and drum-driven rhythm. Another fine cut is meditative
and prayerful “Let It Be Done”, with slow keyboard progressions supported
by acoustic piano lifting it into an album highlight. Rob Mullins’ production and jazz key
work on this one is outstanding. Tommy Sims also contributes to the project,
touching his production and instrumental skills to “There For You”.
However, the story to this project is that the majority of songs do not
fall into the standard “Gospel” category, with respect to lyrics. There
is no doubt, however, of the source of Gibson’s inspiration. With each
song rooted in the Gospel (and scripture-backed), Gibson presents an album
concept that echoes that of BeBe and CeCe’s Relationships
project. Topics handled include carefreeness (“Fly The Wind”), family
love (“Your Love Is Like That”) and unconditional love (“There For You”).
While some in the Gospel community may not understand nor embrace this
approach, there is no doubt that Gibson fills a void.
As Gibson explains,
for those with a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, “everything you
do comes from your love for the Lord and His love for you. All you’ve got
to do is go back to the Root”.
With the mighty support of B-Rite Music behind this project, it
will be fascinating to see how many Gibson touches with his
music music infused with the love of Jesus Christ.
reviewed by Stan North —
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