Charmaine - All About Jesus

Wednesday 1st January 2003
Charmaine - All About Jesus
Charmaine - All About Jesus

RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
LABEL: Inpop POD1261
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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Sample Track Listing:
1. I Love You Lord [Listen]
6. Give Us Clean Hearts [Listen]
9. Give You All My Love [Listen]

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Reader Comments

Posted by Southerland @ 02:18 on May 8 2006

This contemporary Christian album by 21-year-old Charmaine is absolutely dynamite! With traditational-lyric songs and pop-styled songs, there is sure to be a song you'll like on this album, while Charmaine leaves the main focus Jesus. I absolutely, truly like Charmaine's music, finding it inspirational and motivating.

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