STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 13299-6676 LABEL: Fair Trade Services 000768358924 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2005-09-21 RRP: £9.99
Reviewed by Gareth Paul Taylor
An impressive studio album from the lady best known as worship pastor/leader/songwriter with Australia's favourite megachurch Hillsong. The trademark Hillsong strings and choral arrangements are here aplenty, plus soaring praise, eg, "Glorify Your Name", and Michael W Smith's "Agnus Dei" majestically closing the album. But this is actually quite a different animal from a Hillsong set, showcasing a refreshingly different side of Darlene. A major factor is co-producer David Holmes' songwriting collaboration with Zschech on all but two of the tracks. Wayne Huirua of New Zealand's The Parachute Band also contributes. If you are mainly acquainted with Zschech the songwriter, be prepared to encounter Zschech the diva par excellence, especially on the title track where the subtle gracefulness yet wide dramatic scope of her voice compares favourably with Celine Dion. Sequentially the two centre-most tracks also carry the album's thematic centre, revealing Darlene's heart and best exemplifying her pop capabilities. We have the guitar-driven, hook-laden "Never Give Up" with the words "Faded dreams need to be recoloured.it's time to dream again/Write it down my friend." Then a vocal overhang with attitude gives way to the contrasting mood of the epic title track, a cinematic ballad surely destined for a film soundtrack! "Breathe again and know/To hope is never wrong/Change your world". Highly recommended.
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Following the success of her debut solo release 'Kiss Of Heaven', Darlene Zschech delivers her eagerly awaited sequel.
Incredibly creative both musically and as a songwriter, she relishes the greater freedom this solo project offers her in expressing her faith both vertically and horizontally. From bold pop vocals to power ballads and eloquent hymns, Darlene continues to break down the barriers separating musical genres.
Includes: 'Miracle, Call Upon His Name, Sing Over Me, Know My Name'.