Jason Upton has somehow managed to remain out of the famous worship artist spotlight, even though he has been writing and leading people in worship and carving out his own unique niche for more than 20 years. His soulful brand of vertical worship is on full display on his latest release, A Table Full of Strangers Vol. 2.
Thematically, the album centers around the importance of keeping our eyes focused on Christ during the storms of life, while using a variety of fresh melodies, metaphors, and
“The Farmer and the Field” kicks off the album meditatively as Upton’s soulful, husky vocal explores the idea that God’s love existed before our modern idea of certainty, and before the things of man became most important in our lives. “Every Table Is An Altar” is a gorgeous offering that reminds that God often uses the seemingly mundane things in our lives to show His power and will, and that we need to always allow our hearts and eyes to be open to what He is doing.
“Mountain To Valley” uses the majestic theme of God’s all-encompassing presence and protection with a soaring, rhythmic vocal, while “Redwoods And Daisies” weaves a tale that touches on Jesus’ use of “the flowers of the field” and “the birds of the air” for a powerful lesson that the Lord knows and fills every need.
The subject matter of Upton’s writing goes far beyond the clichés and overused metaphors that saturate the modern worship genre and show not only his writing prowess, but also his deep understanding of scripture and the heart of God. The writing here is elegant and thought provoking, and to be honest, I had to listen to a few of these tracks multiple times to comprehend the depth of his message, which by itself is amazing, but some might find these melodies a bit tougher to learn and sing. This album dives deep and tackles issues of the heart that we all struggle with. Amazing job