The Bottom Line
- Jimmy Needham doesn't sugar-coat a single note ... this young man means business
- Jazz meets soul and it makes for a nice combination
- If being challenged to step up your faith offends you, take a pass on this one
- Style: Blues meets soul and fuses with jazz and pop
- 12 songs
- Release Date: August, 2006
Guide Review - Jimmy Needham - 'Speak'
Take "Fence Riders" (my personal favorite) for example. Jimmy calls every Christian on the planet out with this one.
- Am I foolishness to you
And is it laughable the things I do
And can your callous mind see past yourself to his divine
Am I foolishness to you
Jimmy says that he wrote this song in response to an encounter with an old high-school friend, who "although he had the most vulgar mouth and an arrogant spirit, still found it important to wear his Jesus jewelry."
Needham's sound is fresh and it really does bring something different than the typical standard fare to the table. How many artists can you think of that can combine jazz, soul, blues, pop, rock, folk and even some spoken word and pull it off? Not only does this young man pull it off, he does it well enough that you will quickly discover that this CD has moved into a "favorite" spot!
There are plenty of "gems" in this release. "Wake Up," "I Am New," "Speak" and "For Freedom" just scratch the surface. Try Jimmy Needham on for size, and I think that you'll discover that in this case, one size really does fit all!