Reviewed by Trevor Kirk
The Jane Lilley Singers are a 26 voice all female choral ensemble and this CD is 17 tracks, nearly 59 minutes of playing time. "Inspiring choral music to bring you closer to the heart of God", and "the award-winning sound of this acclaimed choir will enchant and inspire..." it says on the sleeve, and my heart sinks when I read such effusive hype. I'm also a little wary when quasi-spiritual songs appear on the track list, I mean, let's face it, "How Deep Is Your Love" isn't a Christian song, and the Bee Gees would be the first to tell you so. Also making an appearance, Billy Joel's "Lullabye", and as for the rest, there's bits of Graham Kendrick, John Wimber, Geron Davis, Walter Hawkins and Sue Rinaldi, classical chunks of Faure and Vivaldi, spirituals and traditional Irish airs and songs by people I've never heard of. The recording was done in Holy Trinity Church, Combe Down, near Bath, and the sound quality is good, although the piano sounds too far away sometimes. So does this CD enchant and inspire me? Well, yes and no. The classical and traditional pieces are very well done, Graham Kendrick's "Amazing Love" also hits the spot, a suitably reverential reading, with good harmony. But most of the other pieces, notably the uptempo ones, don't.
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