Reviewed by Andy Cooper
Jo Doré is a singer, songwriter and worship pastor originally from Edinburgh, but now working at St Barnabas Church, North London. She cites Norah Jones, Lou Fellingham and Annie Lennox as influences, but more mature (ok, older.) listeners may also hear a bit of Sue Rinaldi and fellow Scot Sheila Walsh in her voice. Jo lacks the range and character of her heroines, and sounds a little dull during the more energetic numbers. But the calmer tracks such as "Litany" and the smooth jazz of "Father In Heaven" suit her much better, where the ethereal backing vocals, long reverb and neat solo guitar all add atmosphere and warmth. The majority of the eight songs here have a steady but plain arrangement of keys, electric guitar, bass and drums, with the arrangements showing more than one moment of mimicking Coldplay. "You Are My God" is such a song, one of the more catchy ones, though sounding a tad rushed. All the tracks have a worship focus, and the three named here in particular deserve a wider audience.
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