STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 9795-9400 LABEL: Sparrow SPD84901 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RRP: £4.99
Reviewed by Tony Cummings
Personnel changes can be difficult for any group, particularly by groups working in the formulaic field of Nashville Christian pop. But new Avalonians Greg Long and Milissa Greene seem to blend in very well and with the same rich harmonies as of old, this maintains the quality and will, in the US at least, maintain the radio hits. Producers Brown Bannister (Point Of Grace, Amy Grant), Charlie Peacock (Twila Paris, Audio Adrenaline) and Tedd T (Rachael Lampa, ZOEgirl) all do their stuff while the wide variety of songwriters here makes for a pleasing diversity of material. The opener “All”, co-written by Ian Eskelin, has an engaging mid-tempo lilt, “I Wanna Be You” has the kind of anthemic hook that once made Amy Grant the darling of Christian radio while the remix of “Overjoyed” shows just how soulful Janna Long’s chops are. Some may find the quasi-soul emoting on the towering climax of the ballad title track a trifle forced. But few could deny that Avalon continue to be a class act.
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