STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 151302-22447 LABEL: Stonetable 796745109428 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2014-06-03 RRP: £14.99
Reviewed by Chris Webb
Albums of lullabies may not be to everyone's taste but when the singer/songwriter is Cross Rhythms favourite JJ Heller, our attention is bound to be grabbed. Obviously this is an album built around providing comforting Christian songs for children at bedtime and also complements the children's book The Golden Feather written by JJ and her husband. JJ is an accomplished musician here singing well-crafted light pop songs. However, there is a snag in the idea of writing an album of lullabies that will also appeal to adults. Lullabies are intended to send a fractious child off to dreamland in as short a time as possible. Lullabies being listened to one after another are bound to become rather soporific. The range of subject matter is also rather limited to pleasant dreams, positive hopes for the future and a mother being there to protect a child from harm; "Keep You Safe", "Daydream", "Sailing The Sugar Sea" and most of the other tracks reflect these key themes. That isn't to say this is an unpleasant album, on the contrary, it is delightfully played and sung, it has positive lyrics pointing towards God as the answer to need and the hope for the future. All the tracks are similar melodically and rhythmically as acoustic piano gently played, swirling strings, strummed acoustic guitar and smooth voice are designed to combine to gently quell sleeplessness into submission. So using it one track at a time to settle a child into happy somnolence will undoubtedly do the job for which it is intended.
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“Over the years, I’ve written several love songs and lullabies for my little girls (one or two per album). I’ve heard countless stories of parents using these songs to soothe their children (and in many cases, themselves) to sleep. My husband Dave and I took those stories to heart and intentionally spent most of last year writing and recording a collection of original lullabies for listeners of all ages. We named the record I Dream of You.
“I have so much I want to tell my kids, but it’s nearly impossible to get them to sit still and listen! But there’s something special about bedtime. My children are especially receptive and vulnerable just before they’re tucked in at the end of the day. Dave and I had this in mind as we wrote these songs full of truth, hope and love.” - JJ Heller