It’s ‘Friday’ and today we have a review of Jordan Friday’s ‘Kindred Spirits’ album. This album was released June 17, 2013. Like me, Jordan Friday is a student at Diablo Valley College. I met him in the Music Industry studies program and had the privilege to hear him and his band perform at a concert we put together for the school.
Jordan Friday is a Christian with a “Southern Rock/Pop” style. This album could easily crossover into mainstream as it is not overly “preachy.” It has a great message, great music/instrumentation and the production is pretty good too. It has a gritty feel to it, like southern rock should… he doesn't tone the style down any, like other Christian artists, which I like; but at the same time you won’t hear this being played on stations like K-Love. That’s okay with me though, I personally don’t care much for watered down rock in Jesus name. I think that the same energy and more should be given to Christian Rock as is given to mainstream rock; Jordan Friday does just that!
Jordan has good vocal range, I really like his vocals… but the mix covers his vocals a little too much in the first two tracks. The vocals aren’t as clear as I would like, kind of buried by the mix. That’s okay though, because a lot of bands do that. I just prefer clear vocals. Starting with the song, “Sound of The Soul” the tracks start getting a lot clearer vocally. Sound of My Soul is also very catchy, mostly because of the vocal melody that he does. I really think that Christian music fans will be “refreshed” by Jordan’s style. I’m going to compare him to Stryper, even though their stylistically different, they don’t water down the musical background track. They both really rock!
There are a lot of love songs on this album. I once asked my mentor, Lori Hamlin if she thought it would be okay if I wrote some love songs, because I only wanted to do Christian music. I had an offer to write some love songs for an artist, which is why I asked. She told me something that made a lot of sense, “God is love, so if you write about love you write about God.” Something along those lines anyway, so in that aspect there is a lot of God on this album.
I’m having a difficult time picking a favorite on this album, so I won’t! All the tracks are well on par with each other as far as theme and production quality, and it is a true album. Even the album cover is beautifully done, very professional.
I do have one tip for Jordan, it is kind of hard to find the album online and some stores don’t have it. I recommend you use Mondo Tunes for distribution in the future, you will have greater success there.
I’m trying to be pickier with my rating, but I enjoyed this album so much that I’m not going to start here. Just listen to this album all the way through and enjoy it, because it is very enjoyable. I give this album 5 out of 5 stars!
How would you all feel about reading an interview with Jordan Friday? Let me know in the comments and if you want it, I’ll try to make it happen.
Playable track listing: