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4.5 out of 5

46 Ratings

All things Passion-related have been absolute GOLD . . . until now.

caudillomusic,

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.

Really enjoy this EP

aarjayaitch,

I purchased this EP after the first time I heard it and I continue to be delighted with it. It strikes me as original and fun. Another reviewer, caudillomusic, is certainly entitled to his opinion of the album; but I think that the breakdown he references actually says, "Who may ascend?" That would be a quote from Psalm 24. Utterly weak songwriting indeed.

About Jimi Cravity

Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Jimi Cravity (born Maurice Eugene Willis) is a Christian singer/songwriter and worship leader whose wide-ranging style fuses elements of CCM, rock, R&B, pop, and hip-hop. Working initially in secular music, Cravity signed a publishing deal with Bu Vision/Universal Music Publishing Group in his early twenties, writing and demoing songs that would make their way to artists like Usher and Ludacris. By 2012, he'd begun his own career as a recording artist with a hopeful Christian message. Following his debut EP, Maverick, Cravity tragically lost his two-year-old son to cancer and became involved at Atlanta's Passion City Church, where he eventually began to lead worship. After appearing at the church's annual Passion Conferences, one of his songs was included on the church's popular 2016 studio release, Salvation's Tide Is Rising. He signed with Capitol Christian Group's sixstepsrecords and released his follow-up EP, Heaven, a year later, reaching number 15 on Billboard's Christian chart. ~ Timothy Monger

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