August 6, 2012
Every now and then, music lovers around the world are exposed to a singer/songwriter who presents a song or two that will leave a lasting impression. Marvin Gaye did it in 1971 with “What’s Going On” and Neil Young did it in 1989 with “Rockin’ in the Free World.” Maybe he won’t get the same exposure, but Max Jared is bound to get the attention of IMR readers after they hear these influential tracks off his soon to be released album, Thoughtless Sounds. Although this album is anything but thoughtless.
Max Jared isn’t only a musician, singer, and songwriter from the Dallas, Texas area, but he’s a philanthropist, environmental activist, and has organized many social action projects in communities around the world. So, when you listen to the lyrics Jared has written, you know they come from a young man with many experiences and who has seen a lot in this world.
The first track, “We’re All Connected” sends a message that doesn’t need much explaining because the title says it all. The music could resemble a Dave Matthews song and Max’s environmental activist background comes out with these lyrics.
We must respect one another
Even the trees as our brothers
How do our actions reflect
the teaching that we’re all connected?
On the track, “Roots,” Max takes on the role of the voice of our generation. “Roots” could be an anthem for this generation to encourage them to strive to make a change in our world because we’ll be in charge next.
Our generation will soon rule the world
So what kind of change comes with it?
It’s so easy to forget
While others are suffering, you don’t feel restless
“Unify” is a fun track that displays a side to Jared that is similar to a few Jason Mraz songs when he delivers his message through his own version of rapping, in a way. With this song, he brings everything in a full circle with lyrics like these:
Unify is what I said
Let’s get it through your thickening head
‘Cause if we don’t join together, we’ll soon be dead
If you’re a fan of Jason Mraz, John Mayer, or Jack Johnson, Max Jared will be a perfect addition to your music collection. His music resembles the mellow sounds of these popular musicians, yet he displays his own unique voice, as well. While Thoughtless Sounds has songs about love and life experiences like many musicians include on their albums, it’s the songs with a deeper meaning that will make you take notice and remember this talented young man. The actual arrangements are just beautiful background music to Max Jared’s meaningful messages to this generation and many generations to come.
[Editor’s Note: This album will be released August 28th!]
Rating: 4/5 Stars!
Album: Thoughtless Sounds
Release Date: August, 2012
Genre(s): folk rock/funk/pop
Location: Dallas, Texas
Members: Max Jared