Jeremy Morris

Open Your Heart

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Before there was Jeremy the Christian progressive rock artist there was Jeremy Morris -- pop/rock musician. That was the artist who released Open Your Heart. The album shows Morris as exactly what he was at the time (1984), a young musician trying to find his place. Much of the material here has an '80s rock sort of texture, but there are Beatles/Klaatu influences to be heard. Also, much of the material foreshadows the prog elements yet to come. Rounding out the picture are some strong '80s metal textures, also. In fact, at times the music even sounds a bit like '80's Judas Priest. Another item that makes this album of interest to those who are familiar with Jeremy's work is the fact that this release, as opposed to his other albums, includes vocals. Those vocals are definitely not bad, but they do tend to show an immaturity that probably should be expected. All in all, this is really an entertaining album and should definitely be of interest to those who have followed Morris' career. Not quite a one-man show, Morris handles all the vocals, guitar, bass, and keyboards on the CD, joined by Dave Dietrich on drums and percussion. Jeremy's father, Bill Morris, is also featured on one cut, lending his trumpet skills.

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