Released March 26th 2012
Reviewed By Tyler Hess
Jimmy Needham – Clear The Stage (Review)
It has to be difficult for any artist after a few records to not become repetitive or redundant in the music or the message, so it is understandable that when Jimmy Needham set out to record his fifth studio album, Clear The Stage, that he felt the pressure mounting. When it came down to it, though, it seems that he found help in trusting others while letting his own talent shine.
Clear The Stage starts off with a bang as the soulful singer leads the album with the anthem “I Will Find You” that just so happens to feature the hip hop styling of Lecrae. If you’re going to come out from left field and bring in someone from a different genre, you might as well do it with one of the very best, right?
“If I Ever Needed Grace” follows with a piano pop tale of growing need and responsibility, showing just how personal this album is to Needham, which is contrasted greatly by the acoustic guitar driven “Daddy’s Baby Girl” about being a new father. “Rock Bottom” expresses the dichotomy between our own loneliness and the vastness of God, then there’s the sweet acoustic ballad featuring a duet with a female vocalist called “Stay”.
“In The Middle” (cleverly?) brings us past the midway point with a hopeful soul tune “in the middle of a cold dark night”, followed the groovin’ “Arrows” and the encouraging “My Victory”. The album then slows way down with the acoustic “The Only One” and closes with the title track, “Clear The Stage”, by far the best song on the album with the emotionally challenging verses that contest what real worship means.
There are only a few artists in the field that play such soulful music, like Newworldson, The Jaymes Reunion and Shawn McDonald, but Jimmy Needham just might take the cake. His new album “Clear The Stage” is a solid follow up to Nightlights and has a few special songs that can hit your heart strings.
- I Will Find You
- If I Ever Needed Grace
- Daddy’s Baby Girl
- Rock Bottom
- In The Middle
- My Victory
- The Only One
- Clear The Stage