STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 28604-CAS1274 LABEL: Asaph 1054 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Tony Cummings
I am continually telling anyone who'll listen that Kelly Willard is "one of the great voices of Christian music". And she is, her magical tone and silky swoops and swerves making it a perfect instrument to caress every nuance out of a melody. As a session singer she's sung on literally hundreds of Christian music albums and not just backups - she's done many a moving lead vocal on anonymous praise albums. So her inability to deliver a truly Grade A album of her own is one of the continuing frustrations of the Christian music counter culture. The problem here is the same as before, a lumpen production (if Brown Bannister is CCM's production Manchester United, Kelly's husband is its Tranmere Rovers) with oh-so-predictable DX-7 intros and with no discernable dynamics in the arrangements, even when Kelly's often-lovely melodies are crying out for an arranger's skill. With a breathtaking voice like hers, 'Garden' isn't completely without merit but it's definitely not the album we were hoping for.
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