Diane - Prodigal

Tuesday 1st February 2000
Diane - Prodigal

RATING 5 5 5 5 5
LABEL: Independent
FORMAT: Cassette Album

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

Ezekiel 36:26 says, "A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh." Spiritual transformation, that's what this album is about. It's built around the parable of the prodigal son but more than that, it's looking at deeper issues of relating intimately with God. Clearly, Diane has captured something on tape that has the potential to slither some significant truths into your soul, and for this I am thankful. Songs that remind us of the amazing forĀ­giving nature of our father are always welcome, and you can feel the yearning heart of God reaching out to you as you hear these songs, so Diane needs to be congratulated for the spiritual content of what she's put together here. Musically, the album suffers from its low budget, and Diane's pleasant easy listening voice receives sparse backing throughout - mainly keyboard with a few instruments here and there - and the limitations of the production can't easily be hidden. However, it's a testimony to the strength of the message she's carrying that these songs still have the power to minister, despite the lo-fi approach.

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