Review: Josh White – Achor


BEC Recordings

Released November 9 2010

Reviewed By Tyler Hess

Oh.  Oooooooh.  THAT guy.  I listened to this a few times before I hit up the idea of reading the press release on Josh White and then I felt one part stupid and part really confused.  Somehow the pop rock worship style that Josh White wore on stage with his former mates in Telecast was completely abandoned in the hope of becoming the next Bob Dylan with an album full of folk rock and bluegrass and a complete vocal change that I never would have seen coming.  The good thing is that one thing hasn’t changed and that is a simple heart for God with lyrics that back it up.

Josh White’s debut solo release, Achor, starts off with a soft song of comfort reminding us that “He Who Feeds The Ravens” will take care of His people too.  “Holy Ghost Revival” picks it up with a fun beat with a call to prayer singing “Hallelujah to the Lord”.  “I Love My God” is a whimsical tune that really is the overlying musical theme throughout the album.  “You Amaze Me” could easily be considered a folksy worship song from White, who is a worship leader in Portland, Oregon, where he helped in a recent church plant.  “To Burn In You” is a confession of the need to abide in Christ, followed by the relief of knowing that “Our God Is Present”.  “Let Me See Your Hands” starts the second half of the album with what I instinctively want to think of as a tribute to doubting Thomas, but really seems to be more about the intrigue of seeing what was done to Jesus for our sins.  “This Better Part” features a lullaby sound with a falsetto that begs me to fall asleep, but I have too many things to do today to fall for that trip.  “He Is Able” reminds us of all that God can do to protect us from stumbling in our walk with Him, trailed by “The Wall” cherishing the ability to connect with Him personally. “Awake” features a stringed intro that is familiar throughout the album, as well as a choir singing in unison.  “Be Still” closes the album with the idea of “losing control” and letting God take over.

Josh White isn’t the first man to quit his job and grow a crazy long beard and he won’t be the last.  Somehow I’m now not all that surprised that out of that comes a folk album, it just isn’t really how I would have written the script if I had a choice, I think there were better options than this.  Where Telecast featured some quality pop rock, this solo stuff just seems to dirty up his voice and isn’t my cup of tea.

Grade: C-

Tracklisting:

  1. He Who Feeds The Ravens
  2. Holy Ghost Revival
  3. I Love My God
  4. You Amaze Me
  5. To Burn In You
  6. Our God Is Present
  7. Let Me See Your Hands
  8. This Better Part
  9. He Is Able
  10. The Wall
  11. Awake
  12. Be Still
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5 responses to “Review: Josh White – Achor

  1. Mark November 10, 2010 at 11:55 am

    The worst review I’ve ever read. This album is profound. Heart-felt. God is using Josh in a great way.

  2. Samuel November 15, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    It is most certainly a horrible review. If you are aware of the culture/context/demographic of the area where Josh is a pastor the style of music (including the vocal “change”) makes much more sense. And even more sense when you realize that the songs were written for the one specific church in SE Portland to sing together in their services.

    Just as context and context and context are necessary for understanding the Bible, so is context necessary to understand music/art at times, and this is one of those times.

  3. Tyler Hess November 15, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    I’ve lived in SE Portland…just didn’t particularly like this as much as you did…and if they were made for one church in SE pdx, then why sell it nationally?

  4. Jeff November 16, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    It was sold nationally because when Josh went to the studio to record it for the church he pastors Tooth and Nail told him that he still has a contractual obligation to record one more album from Telecast, so this album filled that contractual obligation.

    He never intended for it to be released nationally.

  5. Tyler Hess November 16, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    good to know…but that doesn’t really change anything for me as a listener

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