STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 21483-12014 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: CD Mini-album ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by John Hebden
One time singer with Coastal Dune and now worship leader at St Paul's Hammersmith, Becky's mini album was produced by her worship co-leader and husband Nick. It took me three or four listens before I was able to engage with the songs, but compositions which seemed incomplete at first eventually began to reveal hidden melodic depth. Becky has an interesting voice, with a hint of Cathy Burton fragility, whilst Nick's production has a fair amount of well measured invention - including nice details like a subtle keyboard effect here or an unexpected vocal harmony there. It's all beautifully played and there's a lovely soulfulness creeping into some of Becky's singing, particularly in "Old Times". Lyrically, Becky describes the songs as springing "mainly out of conversations between me and God." There is a genuine spiritual longing in her words, although most of her images come unaltered from the Psalms. The two exceptions to this are the aforementioned "Old Times", which takes an unusual look at (I think!) pilgrimage through the generations, and the final track, where Becky strikes a quite defiant tone around the theme of "Waking Up The Dead", whilst Nick cooks up a sound reminiscent of Madonna's "Ray Of Light".
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