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Jeremy - 2005 Overall Review

(2 CD, JAM)

Prolusion. Apart from a collaborative effort with yours truly, "The Pearl of Great Price", JEREMY released two solo albums this year: "Lord of Lords" and "Home in the Sky". Related reviews: here and here.

"Home in the Sky (37 min)


1.  Song for Peter 3:03
2.  Snowfall 6:38
3.  Bright Morning Star 3:39
4.  Falling Tears 5:45
5.  Mustard Seed 2:12
6.  The Sacrifice 6:11
7.  Trilogy 3:29
8.  Victory 2:39
9.  Home in the Sky 3:15

All tracks: by Jeremy. Produced by B Allgood.


Jeremy Morris - Grand Piano

Analysis. "Home in the Sky", the third acoustic instrumental album in the series Jeremy started back in 2003, could easily be described with the same words as "Fruit Tree". Each of the nine tracks is a little solo concerto for Grand Piano, differing from each other almost exclusively by mood and the quantity of repetitions present, only the latter matter allowing me to use different stylistic categories for the music's definition. While never anthemic, Song for Peter, Bright Morning Star and the title track are totally affirmative in character. Mustard Seed, Trilogy and Victory are somewhat more reflective, following romantic traditions in the New Age genre. The longest tracks: Snowfall, Falling Tears and The Sacrifice are the most diverse and, thus, are my favorites. All of them are filled with dramatics, the style being something average between light Classical and New Age music. Typical for Jeremy, the music is tasteful and refined. Hmm! I don't really know what I could add to what I have said already. It wouldn't be a strong exaggeration to say that this album fairly repeats "Fruit Free", and generally, this kind of music doesn't imply much variety in itself.

"Lord of Lords (73 min)


Too long to put it here

Credits: same


Jeremy - vocals; guitars, bass; keyboards; drums 


Larry Friedman - flute (12)

Analysis. "Lord of Lords" is a collection of 25 songs with lyrics based on Christian values, the strong belief in which runs all through Jeremy's life and creation. The music is fully unified in its style: a romantic pop Rock, warm and light, as if being penetrated with light from the inside. However, if the term Prog Rock had existed back in the '60s, and the album had been released in the decade's first half, most of the music would have certainly been regarded as being Prog-tinged. The passages of acoustic guitar and piano are diverse and refined wherever they are, working non-stop, regardless of whether there are vocals at the moment or not. Even the rhythmically pronounced songs, such as Sing a New Song, Perfect Peace and Fruit of the Spirit, have exquisite moments, particularly in the instrumental sections with organ and electric guitar sharing the leads. In any event, this is an honest, inspired and tasteful music, which, furthermore, isn't flashy enough to become part of the current mainstream scene. Each song is full of touching, highly memorable melodies, and I enjoy this album as much as probably any The Beatles made before "Revolver", especially since there is a certain common ground between "Lord of Lords" and early Beatles.

Conclusion. I am an old fan of Jeremy, and I've become imbued with respect for his creation long before we'd become friends. Despite my great respect for him, though, I must note that the release of another Grand Piano album less than two years after "Fruit Free" looks like he presently endures a certain creative crisis. On the other hand, "Lord of Lords" is a much more inspired work, showing that Jeremy still isn't short of energy. Nevertheless, I'd be happier if he would again remind Prog lovers of himself, by doing something in the style he first presented on "Pilgrim's Journey".

VM: November 4 & 5, 2005

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