Deniece Dixon - I Love Your Word

Saturday 1st August 1998
Deniece Dixon - I Love Your Word

STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop
RATING 5 5 5 5 5
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

Independently and with a low budget, Ms Dixon contrives to create an inspirational worship experience and draws on some of the best songwriters around - Geron Davis, Clint Brown and Jeff Ferguson.  Pianos tinkle, synthesised strings swirl and all the correct ingredients are there.  There is only one barrier to this being a really good album, and that is the wayward nature of Deniece's voice which has an occasional tendency to glide not in an emotional histrionic fashion but in a slightly warbled sliding fashion.  Can't fault the material here nor the heart to create a lovely 40 minutes of music.  The faster material works a little better than the slower stuff and the poppy "Walk On Through" which opens the proceedings is a happy little number and it all looks ok but as the album progresses, the weaknesses in Deniece's vocals bleed through the overall sound.  The Walter Hawkins song "When The Battle Is Over" is executed with adequate flair and, overall, that's what this album ends up - adequate.  It's good and in a live context in a local church Deniece's efforts probably shine forth like her clear devotion to Jesus but the truth is that this album is too ordinary to push it ahead of the crowd.

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