Jane Gibbs - You Are The Rock

Sunday 1st December 1996
Jane Gibbs - You Are The Rock
Jane Gibbs - You Are The Rock

STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop
RATING 5 5 5 5 5
LABEL: New Music NMCD953

Reviewed by Mark Goodge

Jane Gibbs is obviously a talented lady with a fine voice. I'm not really sure, though, that this tape is the best showcase for her abilities. Musically, it falls into a soft pop/MOR bracket, with hints of Amy Grant (but then, don't they all?) and Twila Paris. Consisting mostly of original work, plus a few old favourites (including Bill Wither's "Lean On Me"), it's all competently done. The trouble is, none of it is particularly memorable. Jane has the kind of voice that, with the backing of a major record company, could sell lots of CDs. But having the voice isn't enough, there needs to be a spark of originality that just isn't present here. The songs are recorded using mostly sequenced keyboards, which is okay, but the 'real' saxophone sound isn't up to scratch. There's potential here, but it will take better songs and better production to make the most of it.

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