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Reviewed by Peter Dilley
Little expense has been spared for the solo debut from Hillsongs worship supremo Darlene Zschech. Delivered with consummate professionalism, the 14 US-recorded songs are a seamless fusion of worship and pop. Darlene seems to makes a more suitable candidate as a Celine Dion-like Christian chanteuse than Jaci Velasquez (see CR77). The worship/devotional end of the spectrum is well represented with the likes of "Shout To The Lord" (of course), "Pray", "Faithful" and "Beautiful Saviour", but "Everything About You" is a romantic ballad (for her husband) and for something a little different there’s a cover of U2’s "Walk On" featuring Delirious?’s Martin Smith. Whether worship songs can be packaged as just another highly-marketable commodity without losing their impact and authenticity remains a question for us all to ponder.
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This first solo album will introduce you to another side of Darlene Zschech that will capture your imagination and musical senses.
A prolific songwriter, Darlene has spent years collecting songs that she felt didn't fit onto a traditional Hillsongs album. So this release includes some personal worship songs, a love song to her husband, plus a cover of U2's' Walk On' with Martin Smith.
Remaining true her first calling, Darlene's passion for worship and heart for the church continue to shine throughout this outstanding solo release. Songs includes: 'Everything about you, Wonderful you, Faithful, Everlasting.'