Janis English - Awesome In This Place: Praise And Worship

Saturday 1st May 2004
Janis English - Awesome In This Place: Praise And Worship
Janis English - Awesome In This Place: Praise And Worship

STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop
RATING 4 4 4 4
LABEL: Independent
RRP: £4.99

Reviewed by Trevor Kirk

Janis is based in the Wirral, and has recorded several albums in recent years, mainly in a country/folk vein. This latest release of self-penned material is a departure, as it’s more pop praise and worship, with a group of singers and musicians from various churches in Liverpool. Having auditioned one or two of Janis’s albums for UCB in recent years, I’ve frequently thought that her singing and songwriting has often lacked a certain something, and having listened to this I’ve had those thoughts again. Her vocal tone often lacks expression, it sounds flat and occasionally off key and some of the songs don’t help – “God Is Good” chugs on and on for over five minutes with an irritating, monotonous beat; and “Lord Here I Stand” lasts nearly six minutes, but only has seven lines, and four of those are repeated over and over and over again. The songwriting also revisits several themes that have been used already by other songwriters, two cases in point being “Purify My Heart” and “Awesome In This Place”. Sure, it’s nicely presented and production is perfectly OK, but that can’t begin to make up for the shortcomings in vocals and songwriting.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Claire Duthie in Scotland @ 00:18 on Feb 28 2006

hey janis is my aunty :D lol if u c this aunt janis phone me luv ya mwah xxx

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