Alabaster Box - Alabaster Box

Tuesday 1st August 2000
Alabaster Box - Alabaster Box
Alabaster Box - Alabaster Box

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

Australian band, Alabaster Box are all preachers' kids who are motivated to reach their own generation with the Gospel. Their mission? To refresh churches and their youth groups and draw people to Jesus. Their debut album is straight forward melodic pop music with a little Sixpence style jangliness here and there. There is no doubt that their secret weapon is lead singer Naarah Seagrott whose contribution stops Alabaster Box from being just another band. She may only be 22 years old but her voice is filled with maturity and emotion. Whether the band are indulging in breezy pop like "Is Anyone Out There", "Aeroplane" and "Amazing" or more reflective cuts like "Forevermore" and "Soon", this sounds together and well produced. My favourites are the moving "When Mercy Falls" and the breathy, catchy melodic "Is It Love". An enigmatic release that places the band on the map and I want to hear what they do next.

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