J Moss returns to the scene with Just James, an intimate and honest masterpiece. Musically, it’s as brilliant as Cast Iron Teapots we’ve come to expect from him. Lyrically, it’s hard-hitting and transparent in a way that is both refreshing and inspiring.
From beginning to end, J Moss offers a cohesive 10-track project with a message of redemption and restoration. There’s NOT ONE song that I’d skip past, and several tracks, I constantly throw on repeat. And I can’t recall an album in this calendar year about which I’ve been able to say that.
The album opens with a typical dance-worthy J Moss track, the single “I Gave It Up,” before transitioning into “So Into You,” a simple worship chant that evolves into a more complex, unexpected driving vamp. Next comes the powerful worship single, “Restored,” which has become an instant favorite among fans.
“Anointing” follows, literally and figuratively. It’s a jazzy tune that could’ve been a Clark Sisters gem, but is JUST fine as done by J Moss. The project transitions seamlessly into “Sweet Jesus,” another worship chant that is perfectly fit for praise teams everywhere. J’s quick, robotic vibrato ad libs across the vamp like you wouldn’t believe.
The album continues to bless and astound, from “No More” to “God Happens” (one of my absolute faves on the album), to “Holy One” and the earnest prayer set to music in “Rebuild.” The project ends with the autobiographical testimony, and title track, “Just James.”
At the risk of sounding redundant, I have to reiterate that this album is incredible. Just James does precisely what it was intended– it sets to music the message of God’s grace and redeeming power in the life of one broken, but perpetually healed vessel. Make sure you check it out.