I’m sure I wouldn’t be the only person to confess that I first happened to stumble across Jason Reeves after listening to his magical collaborations with Colbie Caillat, and nor will I be the last. Ever since this revelation a couple of years ago I have been an avid listener and waited with much anticipation for new material.
Following the same laidback vibe that his previous material demonstrates, Reeves’ latest album, Songs are Silent Films, offers a collection of mellow melodies that makes for perfect listening after winding down after an eventful day.
Admittedly, upon first listening to the track listing I was left slightly underwhelmed. His prior album, The Lovesick, was so highly esteemed that it was always going to be a tough challenge to follow such an impressive collection of songs. He had set the bar so high for himself.
Despite this initial anti-climax, I often find it the case that the more you listen to something, the more it will grow on you. I’m pleased to say that this was definitely the case with Songs are Silent Films.
Though somewhat deeper than The Lovesick, there is no denying Jason Reeves’ lyrical integrity. Upon carefully listening to the lyrics provided, Reeves is able to paint a picture that takes you away to another place. He doesn’t just sing a song, he means what he says and his honesty is something that other musical artists should learn from.
What makes Jason Reeves so appealing is his individual sense of artistry. Each song is an individual story that every listener will be able to relate to at some point in his or her life. He has a way of touching you and engaging with your feelings unlike any other musical artist I have come across. His thought provoking lyrics make you think and reflect upon life and the decisions that you have made along the way.
Though I have claimed that this album appears to be deeper than his previous material, it’s not to say that there aren’t lighter songs thrown into the mix, uplifting songs that offer some light relieve in an otherwise dark setting. For instance, More in Love With You featuring Nelly Joy provides the listener with cheerful harmonies designed to lift ones spirits. Personally, I find that Jason Reeves is at his best when singing alongside a female counterpart, particularly Nelly Joy. They contemplate one another brilliantly and tell a story of two halves.
Another highlight from the album being Song for Jack. The steady rhythm and the relaxing tone of Jason Reeves’ voice make this song one of the standouts from the entire album. Obviously inspired by somebody close to Reeves on a personal level, the song has an encouraging message underlying it. “Ride like the wind into the night, Black as a ghost raven in flight, It won’t be long until you’re gone, Into the fog born from the sea, Out in the road lost in a dream, It won’t be long until your gone, Fly Free,” Jason Reeves soothingly sings out over the chorus. It’s one of those songs that you listen to when it feels as though the world has turned it’s back on you. When it doesn’t seem as though things will get better, it’s songs like this that inspire you to pick yourself back up and get on with it.
Listening to Songs are Silent Films properly for the first time, I almost felt replenished. I felt refreshed after listening to it from start to finish, almost as though I was talking to a therapist. When you close your eyes and relax whilst listening, you are taken away to a calming place, a sunset over the shore, or a brisk walk in a wooded refuge. I did have reservations at first, but after giving Songs are Silent Films a chance to really understand and appreciate, it has been one of the most enlightening albums I have come across for some time.