Slow and steady really did win the race when it came to this four-song EP that took nearly two years to create. "Heaven's Light," the first track on Christopher King's self-titled EP Christopher King, wastes no time introducing us to his gritty vocal intensity. Upon the lyrics catching us up with our character's struggle with personal betterment, optimistic strums are complemented by keys, strings and soon enough, an encouraging chorus. King's music is already reminiscent of Dustin Kensrue's first solo album, which doesn't come as a surprise considering both artists have their metal roots.
Within seconds, "One Heart" brought me from tapping my toes to dancing in my chair with the same infectious good vibes conjured by any Flogging Molly song. King's haunting vocals paired with those of his fellow musicians really prove to be the icing on the cake throughout this album.
"Walk On Water" is a powerful song brimming with energy and hope. The lyrics aren't that easy to understand but I'll give him a pass because of his emotionally filled delivery. I especially enjoyed the gospel like vocal harmonies towards the end. "Get it Right" is soft yet uplifting ballad with some great string work. A proper way to close the album.
After the final tracks, “Walk on Water” and “Get It Right,” I was left with the same sense of inner peace and camaraderie as reciting The Serenity Prayer at an AA Meeting. King describes this EP as “a labor of love” and that love is transmitted with each note.
Just like fellow Jersey native Bruce Springsteen, Christopher King's music is heartfelt and inspirational. While self-betterment is the indisputable theme of this EP, King mixes gospel, folk and blues in a way that will appeal to Christians and non-Christians alike.
From the first strums to the last keys, this double whammy of captivating songwriting and remarkable musicianship is an audible antidepressant.
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