John Andrew Schreiner - Emily's Eyes: Cry Of The Heart

Thursday 1st April 1993
John Andrew Schreiner - Emily's Eyes: Cry Of The Heart
John Andrew Schreiner - Emily's Eyes: Cry Of The Heart

RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
LABEL: Broken 08880

Reviewed by Jeremy Olsen

Word describes this as a concept album and it takes child abuse as its subject matter. The album is made up of a series of songs, Bible passages and dramas with the whole set lasting around 50 minutes. Confusingly the track list contains a title which is not actually on the CD. The lyrics of the songs are quite strong and cover many aspects of abuse and as a whole the album represents something which is quite powerful in its presentation style. Unfortunately, in general listening terms the dramas have quite a short listening life and once you have heard them four or five times you'll probably want to skip them. Musically, the album is decidedly middle of the road and is unlikely to set the music scene alight but there are a couple of tracks which stand out from the rest, these being "Shadow In Your Eyes" and the final song of the album "Beyond The Sky". The rest of the album is competently held together by the voices of Julie Miller (tragically abused as a child), Christina Dent, Nancy Bryan and John A Schreiner with some notably haunting work by all of them. Overall, this album has quite a limited audience appeal, for those who have been involved in child abuse in any way I would suggest the album is very potent, for others the musical content is average.

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Reader Comments

Posted by lorna in racine wi @ 00:47 on Mar 11 2011

I bouught this cd for my daughtor who was in High School, and needed to find something on child abuse. It touched the heart of so many High School students. Just so beautiful.

Posted by rusty1325 in laughlin nv @ 11:18 on Dec 29 2010

i have been looking for track 4 emily eyes for years and still need to get a copy.

Posted by Joy in Leeds @ 00:31 on Oct 5 2009

I bought this CD in a £1 shop many many years ago. I hadn't heard of any of the artists and it was the only one in the shop.
It helped me through some of the toughest times in my life.
Strange how this CD, which I now realise must have just been released when I bought it for £1, turned up when I needed it most.

Posted by Jeffrey in Langley, BC @ 07:55 on Jun 13 2009

Jeremy, Your review was spot on. I found great comfort in listening during some very difficult times in my life. But I see that for those who have no abuse in their past, the album might be strange or even a little shocking. That said, it may shed some light on the feelings of those who have suffered from abuse. Thank you.

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