Life Is Not a Snapshot
Josh Wilson's second disc brings to mind the exuberant vocals and understated pop sensibilities of a young Steven Curtis Chapman. The gifted singer/songwriter peels back the surface of subjects that he knows about — like his devotion to God — and those that he is still investigating — such as the reason for suffering in the world. With his resilient curiosity, Wilson dresses his questions in light AC grooves ("Listen," "Right in Front of Me") and standard modern worship ("Sing," "Before the Morning"). The short seven-track album concludes with an instrumental rendition of "Amazing Grace" that is ideal soundtrack fodder, though one wonders how such laudable guitar work could be put to better use on a more obscure tune. This disc is a proper stepping stone to even greater output. With a more distinguishable sound, Wilson could really be onto something here.