|Jonathan Thulin writes for the "everyday man." | Posted October 14, 2012
Jonathan Thulin is a singer/songwriter who writes in a way that many people can relate to. He has released The White Room, which is a ballad heavy album that could easily cross over into the Adult Contemporary genre.
Thulin brings a soulful singing approach a la Gavin Degraw, but includes elements of electronica and pop. "Masquerade" is a wonderfully written song about Christians putting on a façade and not being real people. Part of the chorus resounds, "We are wearing a mask in this truth parade / We are waving our flags upholding this charade." Strings, synths and haunting chants really help to bring this song out.
I believe that he was very strategic and smart with his two guest spots. Charmaine steps in on "Dead Come to Life" to help Thulin proclaim what happens when the living dead (humans) give in to Life (Christ). Good singing and good writing, Selah!
One great thing about Jonathan Thulin that people are going to love is how transparent and relatable his songs are. Listen two or three times to Thulin and the amazing Rachael Lampa singing the power ballad, "Bombs Away." You will be able to identify with the fact that our hearts and lives can sometimes be out of tune with God.
There are so many gems to enjoy and reflect on. I have to say that I had a "this brotha can SANG" moment when I listened to "Coat Of Arms." Now don’t be alarmed by my colloquialisms, just be blessed by the fact that he writes great songs and delivers them in a way that makes you scratch your head and yell out, "yes!"
Another standout song is "Love_War." So much pain, agony, depression, crime, etc. plagues this country and the world, and yet this song speaks to war that goes on inside of us. Thulin points out that "Only Love can stop the war." Thulin pulls the heartstrings again. "Soon" featuring Elden and "Torches" are two other songs to check out.
I was overwhelmed after listening to The White Room, but it was because there are so many songs that caused me to reflect on my life. One criticism that I have is that it would have been nice to hear a few up-tempo songs to balance out the album. Jonathan Thulin writes in a way that people from all walks of life can identify with. Listen for yourself and you will have several "Selah" moments.
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