Jaime Jamgochian is looking for an opening in CCM. An opening that will allow her to make an entrance into an industry grounded by the ever growing pop genre. Her efforts are not in vain, but they're a long way from giving her the superstar status like that of Rebecca St. James.
Her debut album is for the most part, a great attempt. "Love Rains Down" opens the record with an upbeat tempo. This song acknowledges the love of Jesus and the fact that His love is neverending. This track could easily be a radio hit. "My King, My God" expresses a yearning to glorify God in everything... from breathing to living in general. "Hear My Worship" is rather slow, but flows well with the other tracks. In this particular song, Jaime beckons for her worship to be heard, written in a way that could easily be mistaken as a prayer if the music was absent. After listening to the softness of "Hear My Worship," you'll embrace the energy of the title track "Reason To Live," an anthem declaring that life without Christ is empty.
As the album progresses, you'll listen to songs that are very open about God and faith in general. The album is repetitive musically and in some aspects, lyrically. As I listened to the record, I noticed that the songs, though written different lyrically, basically talk about the same things. Jaime sings about wanting to grow closer to God and about His greatness, but that's about the extent of what she sings about. When you listen to the record, you'll feel like you've listened to three or four songs instead of a whole album of thirteen tracks, simply because of beat and musical repetition.
Overall, the record is mostly a typical run-of-the-mill worship album. You won't find spiritual guidance or help through this record; nor will you find something new. If you love worship music and don't mind a little monotony, you might enjoy this debut. However, if you're wanting some fresh or not played out... this album's probably not for you.- Review date: 3/5/06, written by Jessica Gregorius
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