Kim Hill - Brave Heart

Sunday 1st December 1991
Kim Hill - Brave Heart
Kim Hill - Brave Heart

RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
LABEL: Reunion RRACD 0065

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

Even though she's enjoyed Greenbelt cred', a rarity for a CCM artist, there were still those who say too much the cutsey sophomore in Kim's first two hugely successful albums. But now her third must surely convince all but the staunchest detesters of the Christian music subculture. For here is an album with all the width, breadth and depth of great pop art. The reasons for this blossoming of an undeniable talent? Could it be Kim's had more of a songwriting input? Could it be Reunion Records and producers Brown Bannister and Wayne Kirkpatrick have filled out all the high recording budget to deliver an album which sparkles with pristine state-of-the-art yet keeps the key acoustic element a factor even in the dazzling display of Jerry McPherson belching electric axe or reverbs and FX which don't come cheap? Or could it be that Kim has just got better (third albums usually are the classic ones) with that husky voice of luxuriant liquidity gliding across arrangements that are always just right, from the neo-Sgt. Pepper break in the "Words" opener to the heavy-rock overdrive to the tinkling sleighbells (yep!) on "Don't Face The World Alone". The lyrics speak volumes (well, volume), the themes touched on this time being the tongue is a fire ("Words"), the enigma of God's plans ("Mysterious Ways" -- my current favourite with its jazz chords and haunting mood) and going beyond the smugness of easy-believism to reach a more realistic faith ("Round And Round"). But wherever one looks and listens, new things come to the reviewer's attention. Wonderful music, surely the best CCM album of the year.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Don in state of Delaware @ 19:34 on Oct 25 2010

Top ccm songwriter/singer/musician Wayne Kirkpatrick
assists in the production of well crafted songs. Wayne co-wrote most of the songs; luv his "Satisfied"
and "Mysterious Ways", these are top notch recordings! Great songs to accent Kim's pop sounding vocals. I luv the acoustic intro for "Round &
Round";great rockin' song! "Stop my Heart" has hit
written all over it; a total of 5 co-writers for this song!
The cd title phrase is contained in "Don't Face the World Alone"; a noteworthy song! The cd closer "I Will Wait" I had heard on ccm radio; great song for Kim to sing!: I luv this Psalm song. A great classic!!
It is probably my top favorite from the cd.
GOD Bless! -Don

Posted by Tim Salyer in Kansas @ 07:51 on Sep 13 2008

Just love to listen and to use Kim's music to draw closer to God. I wish she would come to Topeka to see and hear in person. One other thing, it would be nice to get her music insheet form so the youth at church could do some of the songs during youth on Wednesday nights.

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