DISCLAIMER: Fellow reviewers, please do not hear something I'm not saying. There is no spirit of bashing an individual here whatsoever. This is a songwriting and "creativity" critique.
This is a difficult review for me to write. I have NEVER been displeased with what has come out of the Passion Movement. Every speaker, artist, song, album, video, book, resource, moment has been fantastic. God has certainly RICHLY blessed the ministry of Louie and Shelley Giglio and the Passion collective through the past two decades of its existence. But with all that said, I suppose having a dud come along has been long overdue.
Anyone else out there NOT impressed by Jimi Cravity's material? I wasn't impressed with him during his debut at Passion 2016. And I wasn't impressed with his second go-'round at Passion 2017 either.
"Surrender," being his cut from last year's Passion, makes my eyes roll so much they hurt. I love the idea of the message. I do. The message itself is good. But the writing, the weaving of words in that particular song, it makes me cringe. The whole "Who made us in, Who made us in, Who made us in" breakdown is utterly weak songwriting at its finest. Also, on a related note, my wife pointed out that that could easily be heard as "Who made us sin." And it just sounds incredibly bad / weird. And now I can't help but hear it that way every time I hear the song, now that she's pointed that out, ha!
Jimi's vocal delivery and phrasing isn't strong, and that simply leads to his entire catalogue being a collection of boring works. Again, this EP is just utterly weak songwriting at its finest. There's nothing climactic, nothing energetic — just a handful of generically bland, even-keel, going-on-stale songs.
I'm inclined to assume that Jimi was going for something different, but let's just be honest — different doesn't always mean better. And that's certainly the case with this EP.