STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 11167- LABEL: Atlantic 82185 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Tony May
Put very simply, this is by far my favourite album of the year to date. My poor mind's incapable of imagining another 1991 release to get anywhere near it. Ashley's in great demand as a backing singer on many superb albums, but steps into the front line here to spotlight her powerhouse rock voice, and to communicate her Christian faith, even though it's on a secular label. In fact, the set kicks off with "Soon And Very Soon" which you've swayed along to in time-honoured fashion no doubt, then brings in the heavy artillery for a session of almost superhuman high energy rock music. Ashley's own band is superb, especially Kenny Greenberg on guitar, but add to that some imported heavyweights such as John Hiatt, Russ Taff, sax maestro Jim Horn, Phil Madeira pumping out the Hammond, and a load besides. But import who you like it's always going to cower before the authority and sheer expanse of a voice to make many "gospel stars" go white-faced and apologise for excessive claims made on their behalf. As I said the album's liberally sprinkled with statements of faith brilliantly and relevantly expressed. You might have to scour the import specialists to find this, if there's a problem it's worth a walk to America.
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