The new album by John Mark McMillan, author of How He Loves, is currently streaming over at RELEVANT magazine. Here’s a link to it – it’s a powerful album, raw and heartfelt, and also sounding like some of the best of alternative folk-rock from the past few years.
It’s as though he’s the Christian Bon Iver (if such a thing were necessary).
Lyrics are a particular strong point, like these from Seen a Darkness, summing up the album’s theme well:
The valley of the shadow knows our name
We have seen a night, but we have seen the day
Dressed in the blood of love’s hot veins
We have overcome, yes we have overcome…
Born into the grave, but born a second time
We’ve been born again…
On someone else’s dime.
McMillan has said that the album has come from personal experience with friends who have encountered death, illness, divorce, sickness and miscarriages, explaining that these experiences “crushed us but didn’t destroy us.” You can hear it in the songs, too, I think.
Let me know your thoughts on the album.