Julie Jackson - Finding Sanctuary

Published Tuesday 25th June 2013
Julie Jackson - Finding Sanctuary
Julie Jackson - Finding Sanctuary

STYLE: Roots/Acoustic
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 137413-20477
LABEL: Independent
RRP: £12.00

Reviewed by Doug Holland

Julie is a Cumbria-based singer/songwriter and it was an unexpected financial gift which made the recording of this album possible. The collection - 12 tracks offering 50 minutes of music - consists almost entirely of self-penned material (one track is co-written), with Jackson providing all the vocal parts and playing the acoustic guitar (bass, drum tracks, piano and keyboard also contribute). After a strong Spanish edge to the first track, the album settles down to a predominantly English folk feel, and while not every track is vocally without blemish, this does not detract significantly from a listening experience which moves along nicely and with purpose. The material itself consists largely of "I" songs, with meditative and poetic words reflecting on the singer's response to being in the presence of and experiencing the love of Jesus. The melodies are always interesting, working and blending very well with free-flowing lyrics to create a sense of calm which fits perfectly with the theme of the collection while structurally the skilful use of partial rhymes contribute greatly to the lyrics. This debut CD illustrates clearly that Julie has a very real gift for using music to explore and express a faith experience.

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Reader Comments

Posted by David Andrews @ 17:22 on Apr 18 2013

This is a top quality CD Album In every way, must be heard. top quality

Posted by Andrew in Cumbria @ 07:44 on Apr 13 2013

This is the most complete scriptual annointed album ive heard for many years , up with the best both in quality of production, voice, . Julie has a distinct & beatifull voice that enables these songs to touch the very heart of anyone who listens to them. The songs are so moveing than several have brought me to tears.

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