Marlene Brehm - Reach The Sky

Published Wednesday 5th June 2013
Marlene Brehm - Reach The Sky
Marlene Brehm - Reach The Sky

RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 127592-19379
LABEL: Dream 616983798041
RELEASE DATE: 2012-09-18
RRP: £12.98

Reviewed by Brendan O'Regan

This is skilfully produced and well polished pop music with a Christian heart from a Texas-born actress, singer and songwriter. It exudes commitment and sincerity and is not too unlike the work of Amy Grant. The songs work best when the backing is largely acoustic and the voice and lyrics are to the fore - this is often the case at the start of the songs, but then at times the pop backing arrives and claims too much of the limelight. "Only You" is the most pop orientated track and unsurprisingly it was released as a single. "Faithful To You" has more depth and is catchy enough in its own way. I suspect the infectious chorus of "Love Like You" will remain in the listener's head, a good thing considering the important message of doing our best to love as God loves. My favourite track is the passionate song of gratitude to God "Forever Yours" - "Every little thing is a masterpiece that you've painted". "Be There For Me" is closer to rock territory and has a suitably strong theme of people in difficulties needing support. Suitably the album ends on a note of confidence and optimism - it's gonna be a "Beautiful Life". I suspect the main problem Brehm will have is in marking out her own territory in a crowded field of female pop singer/songwriters. For the moment Marlene clearly has work to do to find a more distinctive musical identity.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Who You Are [Listen]
2. Reach The Sky [Listen]
3. Second Chances [Listen]
4. Only You [Listen]
5. Faithful To You [Listen]
6. Love Like You [Listen]
7. Forever Yours [Listen]
8. Be There For Me [Listen]
9. Right Here Right Now [Listen]
10. Beautiful Life [Listen]

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Product Description
Reach The Sky is Marlene's highly anticipated album on Dream Records. Opening up her soul and sharing from the deepest points of her life, her music gives you an open invitation into her heart and her lyrics give you insight into who she is. With rock and pop influences her album will get you singing along at the top of your lungs, and will also inspire you to wanna keep fighting. Her love for Christ is why she is so excited to share this album with the world and can't wait to see what happens next.

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