John Mark McMillan – Mercury & Lightning

I feel like it’s the same old story with John Mark. I’d like to think I’ve changed, but progress takes a lot longer than we wish it would. I was LATE when it came to Borderland, John Mark’s most recent project until Mercury & Lightning was released this September. I mean I started liking Borderland over a year after it came it. But it was a slow cooker for me. It takes a while to sink in and hear the weight of John Mark’s words. And takes a while to let the melodies wash over you and make sense. What appeared as boring became eventually soothing, and what appeared as unnecessary was vital in reality.

Before writing the review for Mercury & Lightning I was in the same place I started with Borderland. I have not had a lot of exposure because I have been slightly bored. Though “Wilderlove” is one of my favorite songs of the year and “No Country” appears to be both a timeless and timely track, the title track fell short of its live performance and the album was long and hard to wade through in its entirety.

But as I continue to listen through the record, I am reminded why John Mark has always been a different kind of artist. His music is thoughtful and honest. His lyrics are heartfelt and passionate. There is too much under the layers of a first listen to give up on John Mark as he has proven time and time again that he is one of the best musicians in the game.

Album Artwork: 8.5/10

Top 10 Potential: Yes

5-stars

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