Fair Trade Services
Release Date: October 30th 2020
Reviewed by: Joshua Andre
- Feels Like Joy
I have never been much of a fan of Micah Tyler. The guys who’s known for “Never Been a Moment”, the guy who sounds similar to Bart from MercyMe, the guy who was signed to Fair Trade Services a while ago. I haven’t reviewed anything from Micah throughout this whole duration of our site… and is that saying something about the quality of Micah’s music or about my musical preferences? Maybe both? Now don’t get me wrong- you can read Jon’s reviews of both of Micah’s albums (Different and New Today) and read about how these songs have resonated for Jon… but let me tell you that Micah Tyler’s songs, save for a few, haven’t resonated with me much at all. It’s a bit of a shame as I know Micah is an incredible vocalist with a bright future. Perhaps I’m always comparing him to Bart Millard from MercyMe? Should I even do that, and should I let Micah be his own person?
A few weeks ago, Micah unveiled his brand-new Christmas single “Feels Like Joy”. And the question posed to me was this- should I dismiss the song because I previously hadn’t connected with many Micah Tyler songs, or should I give the song a try? After all, it’s the Christmas season, and so did I really want to act like The Grinch or Scrooge? Well here’s the truth. I have now listened to the song “Feels Like Joy” a number of times. And my verdict is this. that this song is completely forgettable. Standing at just under 3 minutes, Micah sings super-fast and lists a number of Christmas superlatives, and reasons why he’s grateful and thankful for Jesus and for the season- like he’s ticking a box and checking it twice. He half raps a few things, and it sounds very, very awkward. It’s not an experience I’d want to go through again- listening to this song. And yes, I know that Micah means well… but this song doesn’t do anything for me. Others might resonate with this song, but that’s not me at the moment.
I’m sure I’ll find Micah Tyler singing something resonating to me in the near future. But “feels Like Joy” isn’t that song. Micah’s music has been hit and miss throughout his whole career in my opinion- but if you’re a Micah Tyler fan, then “feels Like Joy” will be right up your alley. But for the rest of us who want to hear something more inspirational and hopeful this time of year, may I suggest albums from Pentatonix (We Need A Little Christmas), Carrie Underwood (My Gift) and Delta Goodrem (Only Santa Knows)? I’m positive you’ll be blessed and inspired immensely!
RIYL: MercyMe, Sidewalk Prophets, Pocket Full of Rocks, JJ Weeks Band