Helen Shapiro - The Pearl

Saturday 1st June 1991
Helen Shapiro - The Pearl
Helen Shapiro - The Pearl

STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop
RATING 4 4 4 4
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 11035-21605
LABEL: Manna CD040

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

News of the conversion to Christianity of the veteran pop star is heart-warming and Helen's whole hearted step into the world of church hall ministry to be applauded. It's a shame therefore that her gospel debut couldn't have been a considerably better album. Decades have passed since those quintessential early 60s British pop hits like "Walking Back To Happiness" and that husky contralto, though losing none of its rich texture has had to cope with so many years of third rate cabaret-circuit accompaniments that it can easily slip into mannered theatricality. It does on occasions here, not helped by a set of arrangements which often smack more of chicken-in-the-basket supper clubs than the cutting edge of popular music. Songs are erratic, mainly cover-versions of US material and though the Jewish praise idea is a brave attempt, and the Gary Dunham title track is a lovely ballad, this is an album which too often meanders into musical mediocrity.

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Posted by Jonathan Morales in Austin, Tx. (Usa) @ 00:35 on Sep 21 2010

I just listened to the cassette"Pearl" not long time ago
Seems to me a good a good recording!
I liked this recording!
as a matter of fact I'm looking for the cd but I couldn't find it yet... Do you have it?

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