Alisa Childers - Alisa Childers

Published Monday 3rd November 2008
Alisa Childers - Alisa Childers
Alisa Childers - Alisa Childers

RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 49264-14609
LABEL: Vintage Street Music

Reviewed by Alastair McCollum

One third of gone-but-not-forgotten CCM hitmakers ZOEgirl and the daughter of Jesus music pioneer Chuck Girard, Alisa weighs in with her solo debut. And surprisingly it's an independent release. The singer writes on her MySpace site of "creative renaissance" in the creation of this album. Impeccably produced and arranged, there is nonetheless something about this album which doesn't quite hit the heights - in places it could even be described as bland, though Childers' voice is never anything less than perfect. This disc is firmly in the pop mould, but there are a number of moments when her voice, sometimes breathy, sometimes punchy, goes beyond its pop roots. The strongest song by far is the piano/vocal of "Glory" which strips everything down and is sung with true feeling, and the opener "The Truth Is" with its classic pop rock piano/guitar sets a standard which if sustained would have made this a very good album. Unfortunately these tracks stand out, and weaker songs such as the acoustic guitar-based "Baptize Me" which is twee both lyrically and musically. Plus, not everyone will go for her rendition of Dylan's "The Times They Are A-Changin'".

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