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Trying to Fit the Ocean in a Cup
Artist: Josh Wilson
Label: Sparrow/EMI
Time: 44:34

I have to admit that the first time I put this CD in my stereo, I had no idea who Josh Wilson was. Now several weeks later, I don’t leave my house without his album in my car stereo.

Sonically, Wilson fits into the Gavin DeGraw/John Mayer pop singer-songwriter category. But within minutes, you realize that this artist separates himself from the rest of the pack. This is especially true when you compare him to only Christian artists. His major-label debut, _Trying to Fit the Ocean in a Cup_, is a memorable disc which showcases Josh’s witty songwriting and capacity for highly infectious hooks.

The disc opens with “The Saints,” a stand out track with a bridge that demands repeat listens. “Something’s Got To Change” is a well-constructed ballad which confronts how we deal with pain. “Turn Around” and “Let Me Love You” are both cover the love song requirement. Wilson’s humor is showcased on “Dear Money,” a monetary break-up song, and “3 Minute Song,” which compares putting God in a pop song to “fitting the ocean in a cup.”

What impressed me overall with Josh Wilson’s debut is how the entire project fits together and is an enjoyable experience from beginning to end. Even after many listens, I don’t find myself skipping songs or turning the CD off before it ends. If anything, I have hit the repeat button again and again.

I look forward to seeing Josh Wilson progress as an artist. If his debut is any indication, he has a long career in front of him.

Shawn Dickinson
Date Submitted: August12, 2008


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