John Mark McMillan Download Biography "Raise your voice, chase away the ghosts." So begins the title track from John Mark McMillan's new release, Economy. A natural progression and a departure, McMillan's latest album has moved away from the themes of death and resurrection that clothed The Medicine to the interior psychology of a man trying to live in the uneasy valley between this world and the next, standing on the edge of the ocean of eternity, straining to see beyond the horizon line.
For those following McMillan's steady rise as an artist, Economy will not disappoint. Having grown as a lyricist and musician—this body of work finds the North Carolina-based artist at his most mature. And sonically, the album is far greater than the sum of its parts, served by the production team of Jeremy Griffith and Joel Khouri, and performed by the musicians that have supported McMillan across the world. The team has created a perfect accompaniment to McMillan's searching, searing vision of a world that is "not as it should be." But it's not just a broken world that McMillan's singing about. With Economy, he's pointing out across the horizon, across the waters, to the hope of something much more than the devil's "broken hearts and counterfeit currency."
"We have seen the night," John Mark sings, and then adds, "but we have seen the day."
theblueindian.com - "Economy rises from the strong, inspiring foundation McMillan’s previous efforts have built, and stands on its own as an earmark in this artist’s career, as a portent for the music scene at large..." Read the full review here.
intothehill.com - "The Medicine has an epic sound - a grand, impressive, emotional, heart-on-sleeves, rock sound..." Read the full review here.
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