STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 175903-28545 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: CD Album
Reviewed by Tony Cummings
If you're a regular Cross Rhythms listener you'll know that Jessie's "Beans On Toast" was a surprise CR radio hit. Why surprise? Well, the EP from which her hit sprang emanated from 2015 and it's taken a good while for your favourite radio station to catch up on this idiosyncratic Hertfordshire-based singer/songwriter. Now that we have we approached this full length debut with considerable expectation and I'm delighted to report it's every bit as good as we hoped it would be. Two tracks in particular, the haunting "Missing You" and her clever re-working of the old hymn, which happens to be one of the greatest songs ever written, "When I Survey The Wondrous Cross" (now called "Wonder") you'll definitely be hearing on Cross Rhythms. Jessie's singing has definitely got stronger since her EPs while the production on 'Audience Of One' falls into neither of the traps of many singer/songwriter albums, being neither too stripped down and basic nor too fussily over-produced. And the blend of acoustic guitar and piano is faultless. Above all, Jessie's way with lyrics, packed full of memorable imagery, is exceptional. If you haven't heard her yet, make sure you do soon. This is one of the best debuts the UK Christian scene has delivered for years.
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