STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 82809-15900 LABEL: Sparrow 5099922634528 FORMAT: CD Album RELEASE DATE: 2009-10-09 RRP: £13.00
Reviewed by Mark Sherwood
She's only 21 but she has been around the music scene for seven years, her first album coming out when she was only 14 and this being her fourth. Lyrically Dallas-based Bethany is well known for her thoughtful lyrics and this album takes it to a deeper level. The title track deals with the Martha and Mary story and reminds us that we can busy ourselves so much that we can forget to spend time with Jesus. The lyrical themes are quite confessional and introspective and a strong part of the album. Musically this sits nicely in pop/folk territory and ambles along at an easy pace. Bethany has clearly matured as a thought-provoking songwriter and there are rewards for repeated listens and the album as a whole grows on the listener.
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Bethany Dillon has built quite the resume over the last several years taking fans with her on the journey and gaining new fans every step of the way but all along delivering songs that not only encourage and inspire, but deal with real spiritual truths in her life and the listeners’. Through success at Christian radio, major tours across the country, major national press, and TV placements on block-buster movies Bethany Dillon has always remained core to writing songs with lyrical and spiritual depth that incorporate catchy hooks radio airwaves and car stereos love. Bethany’s highlight anticipated new studio album Stop & Listen delivers what fans know and love about Bethany while also taking her craft to a new level both lyrically and sonically.