STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 3834-566 LABEL: Rugged RGD55112 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 1996-05-17 RRP: £0.18
Reviewed by Mike Rimmer
Putting it simply, Jillian is a bit of a rock chick with a voice somewhere between Pat Benatar and Melissa Etheridge. This is melodic rock with a touch of the histrionic in places and the opening song "Till The Water Runs Clean" sets the scene musically and lyrically as it explores some of the issues of Jillian's life. One of the best songs I've heard in ages! Abused as a foster child and later as an adult, the pain and God's tender healing powerfully shine throughout this very strong album. Twee it isn't, she's been there and lived it and now she's singing it like it is. Unafraid to share her soul, Jillian sings songs that will minister to anyone who has been badly hurt by life. "Do What You Must Do" is a gritty challenge to those who betray and walk away. The recovery of self esteem is a constant theme, here is honesty without awkwardness. Musically and lyrically gripping, Jillian's life and songs point to the grace that can wipe away all the tears. Like she sings in one song, "Take me as is, you could restore me/Shine down your glory, from under the dust and the rust to the dreamer that lives within."
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