Bonnie Keen - Marked For Life

Tuesday 1st February 2000
Bonnie Keen - Marked For Life

RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
LABEL: Spring Hill 8254742

Reviewed by Rosemary Payne

Following on from a career of mixed blessings with the band First Call - the band had recorded 12 albums and been awarded three Dove awards before some highly-publicised personal problems caused the group to fold, Bonnie Keen has emerged from her own traumas of divorce and depression with 10 songs essentially testifying to the grace of God in bringing her through the pain she has experienced, on this, her first solo album. All of the tracks are co-writ­ten by Bonnie, bar two which are Keen-penned alone, and are delivered with passion. Bonnie is not afraid to stretch her voice to its limits and this is nowhere better illustrated than on the final track "You Will Cover". An almost Celtic-feel ballad, this is a pleasant surprise of acoustic instruments at the close of a pop album. The song is tauntingly prayerful and powerful, with a slightly superfluous, but, nonetheless welcome rough edge to the vocal provided by the superb Russ Taff. More songs in the same vein might have made for a better album. Keen writes emotively on the subject of putting our trust entirely in God while going through times of trial, and the result is well worth a listen, although too many of the tracks lack memorability.

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