STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 18215-11340 LABEL: ICC ICC0890D FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2006-02-10 RRP: £9.99
Reviewed by Liz Knowles
I was thrilled to get another Jonathan Veira CD, having really enjoyed 'Life And Soul'. If chocolate had a voice, it would be Jonathan Veira - rich, dark and smooth - a big operatically-trained baritone who surprisingly can still swing and sound convincing on a gospel opus. If that wasn't enough, Jonathan composes too, and plays piano and guitar. Not many opera singers manage to achieve cross-over, but they could certainly take a lesson from Jonathan. His diction is sooooo good and there is such resonance in his voice (chocolate with built in echo). He's pretty hot on ballads too - "Only A Dream" must be a classic track. (After only two plays of the CD I could remember the song, which means it's either very annoying or very good!) I especially love the more bluesy, gospelly tracks. Note to ICC, could we have a 'Jonathan Veira Sings Gospel" CD next, please?
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An inspirational album from one of the most powerful voices in Christian music. Mixing accessible modern worship with elements of jazz and blues, this is a wonderfully moving collection of new and popular worship songs, including a new arrangement of the classic hymn Take My Life And Let It Be. Musical influences include Billy Joel and Elton John.
Review by Paul Baker for Christianity Magazine
Eclectic, chocolate-voiced opera singer Jonathan Veira continues to dip in and out of the Contemporary Christian Music scene with jazz and blues influenced albums. All That Matters is his best yet. The title track is a gorgeous Elton John-esque ballad about the certainty of Jesus in a transient world. Silky trumpet from Raul D’Oliveira drips over the liquid bass and Zero 7 funk of ‘In the calm’ and ‘Love song’, the music matching the tranquility of the lyrics. The lyrical high point is the beautiful, politically tinged flag-waver ‘Only a dream’ about Christ bringing true peace in our time. This is one of the coolest albums of the year.