Fran Gray - Such Love

Tuesday 1st December 1998
Fran Gray - Such Love

RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6

Reviewed by Dancin' Dave Derbyshire

As I first played this album, for me, what lifted it above a mediocre worship or inspirational album was the way Fran displays her musical craft by turning what could have been run-of-the-mill worship songs into catchy pop. Fran sings these songs as a performance yet they all have a worship theme. They are love songs to Jesus. In these songs she gives her love to Jesus, she sings his praises, she thanks him for and rejoices in such love that took him to the cross and she longs to be close to him. Fran accompanies her rich voice on an acoustic guitar but also has the backing of keyboards, dobro and banjo. I did enjoy the way that she skipped from pop to a more moody folk style and even brings in something that sounds like bluegrass. She does manage to weave these styles together well. However, though oozing sincerity, one couldn't call Fran's lyrics very original. I realised this as I found myself enjoying most her moving renditions of classic hymns "Are You Washed In The Blood Of The Lamb" and "Nothing But The Blood".

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