STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 102419-17346 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Paul Poulton
In the title song Dene has that much sought after vocal quality, breath. It's always pleasing to listen to, although the body of her voice is not thick, in fact it's rather slender but it is straight and true and has quite a range. In "Weep No More" she reaches those low notes that many ladies struggle with and yet she can reach the heights too. The Texan singer writes a number of the songs on this album and the chords have a way of progressing that is well thought out, although calling the writing accomplished may be a step too far. Dene is the wife of a pastor, and I have been in churches in Texas where Dene's songs would be most welcomed. Title's such as "Gloryland", "It Is Well" and "Softly And Tenderly" will give the discerning reader a clue as to what audience these songs are aimed at. The beauty of the songs could be enhanced if the mix and production had had more time spent on them. Some of the songs have sonic areas left open and other frequencies group together like children playing soccer, all running after the ball together instead of spreading out evenly and using the width of the field. All this adds up to a listening experience that could have been better than it is. There is almost a classical feel to the songs, but drums and some tasty guitar even the proceedings up a little.
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