Dawn Thomas Wallace - Melodies Of The Heart

Saturday 1st September 2001
Dawn Thomas Wallace - Melodies Of The Heart
Dawn Thomas Wallace - Melodies Of The Heart

STYLE: Gospel
RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

Dawn has been a respected figure in the British gospel scene since the '80s when she fronted the Trumpets Of Zion. But a biography which chronicles her numerous awards and TV appearances hides the inexcusable fact that this is her debut solo album. Wisely, the veteran diva has hired British gospel's best known producer Nicky Brown to sit behind the recording desk. Less wisely is that apart from two ancient hymns Dawn has written all the songs. The sister's compositions are full of biblical exhortations to seek the anointing ("Take Me To The Anointing"), to put our minds on things above ("Walk In The Spirit") or trust in God ("His Word Is True") but, in truth, never rise above the merely competent. Probably the best moment is the "let's have church" romp, "Nothing But The Blood" with Evangelist Icilda Cameron guesting. But this is unlikely to extend Dawn's following beyond the claustrophobic confines of the London gospel scene.

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