Jeremy — Pilgrim's Journey
(Kinesis KDCD 1015, 1995, CD)
by Peter Thelen, Published 1996-03-01
So who is this guy without a last name? Actually, Jeremy Morris (a.k.a. Jeremy) has a number of records out as a Christian folk-rock singer. This time out he's set out to convey a similar message using only music. Playing a variety of guitars, bass, synths, piano, and percussion, he has woven a rich and melodic tapestry of spirited and uplifting progressive rock. Twelve tracks ranging from less than a minute to the title opus of nearly half an hour offer colorful and symphonic soundscapes, ranging from delicate imagery to grand and powerful visions. The writing is neither complex or overly technical – you won't find a bunch of crazy time signatures and impossible to play counterpoint here, Jeremy gets the job done in a more direct and simple way, yet there is enough going on arrangement-wise to always keep it interesting. His approach is much like that of guitarist Gordon Giltrap, and one can certainly hear the influence of Mike Oldfield (those liquid guitar leads) or Anthony Phillips (the multiple twelve string arrangements a la Trespass) in most of the numbers, perhaps Steve Hackett as well. Conceptually and musically, Pilgrim's Journey holds together well, and is an album that should appeal to many.
Related artist(s): Jeremy Morris
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