Pauline Chukwuma - Beauty For Ashes

Published Monday 19th September 2005
Pauline Chukwuma - Beauty For Ashes
Pauline Chukwuma - Beauty For Ashes

STYLE: Gospel
RATING 5 5 5 5 5
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 13307-2989
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

A London-based diva weighs in with her debut album. Her voice, a rich and silky contralto, is good but in other areas problems are soon evident. For a start Pauline's compositions, despite being steeped in Scripture, aren't particularly distinctive and too often blur into each other. Secondly, the production is almost completely computer generated and usually consist of enveloping Pauline in swathes of synths with little or no rhythm save for a clumsy electronic kick. Even the classy photography and sleeve design can't hide the deficiencies of this demo quality production, which is a shame. For as I said, Pauline's voice is good.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Beauty For Ashes [Listen]
2. God Has A Plan [Listen]
3. God Has A Plan (Reprise) [Listen]
4. For A Purpose That Lies Ahead [Listen]
5. He Doesn't Answer Every Prayer [Listen]
6. Ordinary Humans [Listen]
7. The Tomb Was Just A Womb [Listen]
8. The Secret Of Life [Listen]
9. Order My Steps [Listen]
10. Beauty For Ashes (Extended Version) [Listen]

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Reader Comments

Posted by Eunice in USA @ 17:20 on Nov 14 2007

What's wrong with my "USA" ears? I love the music, the voice and most definitely the minister. Minister Pauline has an awesome voice. She reminds me so much of the late, great Mahalia Jackson. Even now, as I listen to the cd I can feel the anointing upon it and I'm inclined to praise and worship God with her. I can hardly wait for the next album. I pray that it will be released soon.

Posted by Chez Iriajen in London @ 14:22 on Oct 21 2005

The nature and comments of this review comes as sincere surprise. I challenge the comment about the production and sound/suggestion about computer generated voice/sound quality tricks. As a blessed and keen supporter of Minster Pauline C; I find it necessary to address these unfounded comments. In that I note the comment that Pauline's voice is good. Is it therefore not the artist who lacks a good voice that finds it necessary to use ... (I quote)... " computer generated assistance". How so, in the case of Minster Pauline? As already identified by yourself her "voice is GOOD". Amen.

Posted by Sandy in London @ 11:13 on Oct 5 2005

I have this album and have also experienced Pauline -LIVE! The album is a blessing and so is the Artist. Just like the person before me said - its not the Throne Room, as she doesn't have that budget, but for a first album, self-sponsored, she has done really well.

Posted by Jane Jones in London @ 13:42 on Oct 3 2005

I too have the album in my collection. Being a Music person myself, I acknowledge that the instrumentation is mainly computerised, which is not uncommon for an Independantly sponsored debut. However, I must also say that the overall quality, is not at all as poor as this reviewer has made out.
Therefore - Chin up Pauline & Keep on doing what you are doing!

Posted by Deji Ayorinde in London @ 14:00 on Sep 27 2005

I have heard this album and I dont think it's bad. Pauline's voice is really quite good.
She's also got a real heart for worship and I was very blessed by the message of the whole album.
Maybe the production may not be as good as Throne Room, but I guess she does not have CeCe Winans' budget and production team.
When she does another album, I expect that the musical content will better match her vocal and scriptural content.

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