STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 4911-6504 LABEL: Inpop POD1261 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2002-09-20 RRP: £4.99
Reviewed by Phil Thomson
What an outstanding album this is. It positively sparkles from start to finish with R&B-tinged pop energy and drive. So what do you need to know? That Charmaine is a Tennessee-based 17 year old Australian-born "newcomer" with a wealth of touring ministry experience, mature beyond her years and billed (unwisely) as "not just another Britney." That's a starting point. With eight producers handling 10 tracks, it feels as if the record company are taking no chances - and the strategy pays off, with the likes of Otto Price (Sonicflood) and Jeremy Bose (Rebecca St James) adding their considerable weight. There is also a contribution from the band Rivertribe. This is youth worship with attitude - and just to make sure you get the message, there are two accompaniment tracks, one for the opener "I Love You Lord" and the other for "Only You". The kids will be dancing in the aisles. For me, the last song positions the spirit of this album - "(Lord) You Found Me" penned by Charmaine with Joel Smallbone (Rebecca St James' brother) and Jeremy Bose. Paul Oakley's "All About You" turns up as the only cover and should have been left alone. That said, this is definitely the best of its kind I have heard in years.
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