Review: Shawn McDonald – Closer


Sparrow Records

March 22 2011

Reviewed By Tyler Hess

If you had been wondering just what had been going on with Shawn McDonald lately, as if he had disappeared completely, there’s good reason for that.  McDonald has been going through a lot personally, struggles and trials that have sidelined him for awhile, dealing with counseling after a failed marriage ending in divorce.  While this is not something that any of us would want to go, we would all want to know that there is hope and grace in times of failure, which is what McDonald found and expresses through his latest release, Closer.

Shawn McDonald has been releasing music for quite some time now, so detailing his acoustic, soulful pop rock is probably unnecessary, but if you’re new to the scene and want to hear something along the lines of Jimmy Needham, then you’re in the right place.  Closer starts off with a jazzy declaration that “something’s gotta change”, before the title track and first single expounds upon that idea by surrendering in the lyrics that say “You can have all of me, anything, everything, I just want to be closer”.  That’s followed up by the smoothly sung “Control”, which has unfortunately misplaced guest hip hop and reggae cameos.

In times of despair, it can be easy to want to quit, but McDonald’s response lies in “Don’t Give Up”.  It’s easy to sense the desperation throughout the album, as he lays it on pretty thick, just trying to make it through a single day in “Faithful”, but the sense is never lost that McDonald plans on doing that by God’s faithfulness, rather than his own strength.  “Mystery” depicts a man who is searching for more, which is really the theme of the album as a whole, painted throughout the artist’s reflection of misses and hope for change.

Sometimes I hear an album full of woe and sorrow, but I don’t really understand if they are really going through those hard times or if they just sound better in a song.  Shawn McDonald’s “Closer” is not an album of personal triumph, but one of renewed joy in the midst of self-inflicted wounds.

Grade: 2.5

Tracklisting:

  1. Better Way
  2. Closer
  3. Control
  4. Don’t Give Up
  5. Eyes Forward
  6. Faithful
  7. Hope
  8. Mystery
  9. Pursue
  10. Rise
  11. Something Real
  12. The Space Between Us
  13. Storms
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One response to “Review: Shawn McDonald – Closer

  1. yesi delacruz April 16, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    HEY, SHAWN :)
    MAY OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST KEEP GIVING YOU THE STRENGH
    TO MOVE FORWARD, AFTER KNOWING THE TRAILS YOU ARE FACING. I KNOW THE HURT YOU ARE FACING WITH YOUR DIVORCE BECAUSE THE SAME THING HAS HAPPEND TO ME. OUR LORD HAS BEEN MY ONLY HOPE AND STRENGH ,SO HOLD ON DON’T GIVE UP ON THE FAITH OUR LORD HAS GIVEN YOU. THE SONG CLOSER HAS REALLY INSPIRE MY HEART,MIND AND SOUL. THIS SONG HAS SHOW ME THAT ALL I NEED IS TO BE CLOSER TO HIM THE ONE WHO WILL FIGHT THE BATTLES FOR US. MAY GOD BLESS YOU. 1PETER5:9…. yesi ..

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