Style: Artfully arranged, vocal-driven pop-rock; compare to Rufus Wainwright, Jeff Buckley, Matthew Smith.
Top tracks: "O, Theo," "Waking up the Dead," "Keep it on the Inside"
Jones says his third album of new material was inspired by the writings of Rumi, Federico Garcia Lorca and letters that Vincent Van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo. But Jones, who's responsible for several great contributions to the Indelible Grace canon over the years, makes each track feel intimate and personal. Land of the Living expands MPJ's sonic palette beyond previous efforts, incorporating more ambient/world-music flourishes, and even enlisting Burlap to Cashmere's Steven Delopoulos to co-write a song. "Waking Up the Dead" is one of Jones's best, a stirring antidote to apathy: "I want to dance on fire and be born again / I can hear the voice that's waking up the dead."1