Reviewed by Tony May
Celeste originates from Calvary Chapel, California, but now is firmly entrenched as part of YWAM's ministry in Amsterdam. This, her first album, was produced in Holland by Paul Field, the arrangements are by Paul also, and Karen Lafferty. the musicians and backing vocalists are mainly YWAM staff, and very competent they are too. Celeste wrote most of the songs, and has chosen the rest of the material wisely. The opening track "Psalm 150" reveals Celeste as a songstress possessing a light, flexible, pleasing voice on this mid-paced pop style praise song. Good sax work from Louis Gerrits. The Calvary Chapel/Maranatha influence is understandably very present in the music. "I Depend On You" is a gentle folky ballad which is very Karen Lafferty-sounding. The tape contains a well thought out programme, carefully glorifying the Lord, reflective and worshipful. The styles are nicely balanced between sparkling upbeat, and smooth as silk songs. A very enjoyable, edifying set that is genuinely uplifting and encouraging. Not a big - bucks product, but all the more refreshing for that.
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