Set Me Free (Jennifer Knapp album)
|Set Me Free|
|Studio album by Jennifer Knapp|
|Released||October 14, 2014|
|Genre||Folk rock, pop rock|
|Jennifer Knapp chronology|
Set Me Free is a 2014 album by Jennifer Knapp, released on Righteous Babe Records. The folk rock album is the second full length released by Knapp after a public declaration that she is a lesbian and choosing to market her music outside of the Christian music industry. The album has received positive reviews.
She initially came out in 2010 and released Letting Go. The album was created at the same time as Knapp's memoir Facing the Music and the creation of the non-profit Inside Out Faith, which seeks to bridge the gap between sexual minorities and religious communities. The album includes semi-autobiographical material about Knapp's coming out as well as her life growing up in Kansas and some of the material written on the record dates back to 2007.
Timothy Monger of AllMusic gave the album a 3.5 out of five stars, calling the album "rustic [and] introspective", praising the diversity of the songwriting as "a mix of dark, introspective ballads awash with country and blues tones as well a couple of flat-out barnburners". Metro Weekly writer Chris Gerard compares the music favorably to Emmylou Harris, Sarah McLachlan, and Lucinda Williams, characterizing it as "an engaging collection of melodic folk-rock".
All songs written by Jennifer Knapp, except where noted
- "Remedy" – 3:35
- "Set Me Free" – 3:04
- "Why Wait" – 3:13
- "Neosho" – 3:37
- "What Might Have Been" – 4:50
- "Mercy's Tree" – 2:57
- "The Tale" – 5:30
- "So Happy" – 3:38
- "The End" (Amy Courts and Knapp) – 2:44
- "Sweet Love" (Anita Baker, Gary Anthony Bias, and Louis A. Johnson) – 3:11
- "Come Back" – 4:20
- Additional musicians
- Justin Cary – upright bass
- Amy Courts – backing vocals
- Thad DeBrock – guitar
- Jen Gunderman – organ, piano
- Robbie Hecht – backing vocals
- Micah Hulscher – Fender Rhodes, piano
- Lindsay Jamieson – drums, percussion
- Will Kimborough – guitar
- Shannon LaBrie – backing vocals
- Doug Lancio – guitar
- Jacob Lawson – production, string arrangements, violin
- Joe Pisapia – pedal steel guitar
- Lij Shaw – engineering
- Technical personnel
- Amy Brown – mastering assistant
- Joe Costa – mixing
- Yvonne Costa – executive production
- Jim DeMain – mastering
- Betsy Frazer – design
- Fairlight Hubbard – photography
- Michelle Maloof – executive production
- Kara Wettersten – executive production
- Martin, Cath (October 14, 2014). "Jennifer Knapp Says Her Girlfriend Has Given Her a 'Greater Understanding of the Gospel' but They Don't Go to Church Together". Christianity Today. Christianity Today International.
- Merritt, Jonathan (October 9, 2014). "Christian Musician Jennifer Knapp on Sexuality and Which Lyric She Wants to Take Back". Religion News Service.
- Monger, Timothy. "Set Me Free – Jennifer Knapp". AllMusic.
- Peeples, Jase (October 20, 2014). "Jennifer Knapp: Christian, Lesbian, and Free". The Advocate. Here Media.
- Bendix, Trish (October 7, 2014). "Jennifer Knapp Is an Open Book". AfterEllen.com.
- Ambrosino, Brandon (October 13, 2014). "Christian Rock Star Jennifer Knapp Came Out 4 Years Ago. Here's What She's Learned Since Then". Vox. Vox Media.
- "Daily Discovery: Jennifer Knapp, 'Neosho'". American Songwriter. ForASong Media, LLC. October 14, 2014.
- Gerard, Chris (October 8, 2014). "Former Christian Music Star Jennifer Knapp Releases New Album and Memoir Detailing Her Coming Out as Gay". Metro Weekly. Jansi LLC.