Review: PJ Anderson, Let Your Light Shine

I received my copy of Let Your Light Shine, a new album by PJ Anderson and couldn't wait to pop it in and give it a listen, unfortunately I had to wait until I was in the car with a working CD player. The commute to the train station allowed me to listen to the first half of the album and set me in a good mood for a really rough day at the office. Around 6:30 PM as I was getting ready to leave for the day I remembered I still had five more songs to listen to when I finally got back to the station for the final leg of the commute home. The day was like a reverse Oreo cookie - creamy goodness at the top and bottom of the day and crunchy blah in the middle.

The album starts out with the song "Your Will" that turns out to be one of my favorite on the entire album. Great guitar and a memorable lyric, great melody and a nice overall flow. I loved it. "Let Your Light Shine" is on the album both as a live version and one done in the studio. I am usually a fan of 'live' recordings but I actually liked the studio version of this one better. This is the song that I was expecting from the album based on PJ's other work. I love the background lyric in the "ooh ooh" section at the end of the song (listen carefully).

"It is You" is a beautiful ballad that shows off the simple guitar riffs and strong voice that first captivated me when I heard PJ sing for worship services at Catholic Heart Work Camp. This is the song that I can hear youth groups using during worship and the song that I hoped I would get. "Coming Home" is much the same and I can't wait to get this out to our music ministry!

The middle of the album takes on a personal dimension, including "Shame's On You" which I have to listen to a few more time to figure out what the message is. A beautiful and very personal song entitled "Home In This Place" is a song that I wish I could sing to my wife if I could a) sing on key b) play guitar. Finally "Goodnight My Dear" is a sweet lullaby that young parents will latch onto - it is not only precious, it is beautiful. If my kids were not 19 and 22 I would sing it to them to loll them to sleep much in the same way I used to sing "Lullaby" by Trout Fishing In America way back in 1991.

I thoroughly enjoyed the entire album and couldn't wait to add it to my everyday playlist. I already look forward to the next album and I hope that one of the Christian labels picks this guy up and boosts his career - he is the real deal. It wouldn't hurt to reach out to your local Christian music radio station. I know I will be reaching out to Star 99.1 in Central New Jersey.

Psalm 95:1-2
Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!

Ephesians 5:19
Addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart,