STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 173018-27350 LABEL: Centricity 829619167023 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2018-09-07 RRP: £12.99
Reviewed by Tony Cummings
One of the toughest challenges in the world of popular music is to follow up a megahit debut. As we all know, Lauren's 'How Can It Be' was the bestselling CCM album for years. I'm delighted to report that this second is in every way a better album and I have no doubt that 'Look Up Child' will be giving the Louisiana-born singer worldwide Christian radio hits for three or more years to come. The quality of Lauren's vocal performances, the fine songwriting craft demonstrated here and the exemplary production make this a classic album which I'm confident will impact the world Church. Indeed such is its creative quality that a crossover to a sizeable number of non-Christians can also be anticipated. It opens magnificently with a song urging the forthcoming revival "Still Rolling Stones". Accompanied by a full-on gospel choir it's a powerhouse starter. It also demonstrates the absurdity of that division between Christian and gospel music's embarrassingly embraced by both the music industry and some parts of the Church. For there is no doubt that Lauren is a soulful singer. Next up the tempo slows for the soul ballad "Rescue" then "This Girl" with a slow-rise pattern which reaches a spine-tingling climax. Elsewhere there are largely ballads and mid-tempo songs, interspersed with occasional surprises, like the reggae-tinged "Under Your Wings" and the old hymn "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus" with some surprisingly effective electronic drums. My favourite line on the entire album is "I'm losing my religion and finding something new." You could preach a sermon on that line. Who knows? Maybe I will one day. Another memorable line, this time biting home on the song "Remember", is "I can't stop thinking about your goodness." Wherever you go though you'll find delights like the piano-based ballad "Rebel Heart" where Daigle leads us to repentance or the title track with its African American gospel fire with an exhortation to look to God in our darkness. There have been one or two absurd reviews of 'Look Up Child' suggesting that Lauren's approach is too close to Adele. Forget such nonsense. This is a stellar album from a toweringly talented song interpreter.
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Two-time GRAMMY Award nominee Lauren Daigle is back. After bursting onto the scene in 2015 with her platinum selling debut album How Can It Be, Lauren returns with a brand new album, Look Up Child, and new singles “You Say”& "Still Rolling Stones". “Look Up Child has been in the works for quite some time and I’m excited to finally share it with my fans,” says Lauren. “The studio has become my companion as I’ve poured all that I can into what is now a body of work that I deeply treasure.” The first single from Look Up Child, “You Say,” demonstrates a growth in Lauren’s talent as a songwriter and vocalist. The song is both emotional and uplifting, a reminder to look inward to find strength in difficult times. "You Say” is now available across all streaming services and the official video can be viewed here.
From catchy melodies, to reggae jive, sweeping orchestral ballads to back beat vibe, Look Up Child has transcribed the pulse of Lauren’s veins into musical form. She adds, “Every part of the music experience, of Look Up Child, shares a profound love, deep rooted joy, and hopefully a connection to the music for people to share.”
Lauren Daigle is a two-time Billboard Music Award winner, a twotime Grammy nominee and an American Music Award winner. With a voice that is both smoky and sweet, Lauren Daigle has forged a unique sound that is reminiscent of the soulful, heart-in-throat vulnerability of Adele mixed with the raw power of Amy Winehouse. Her ability to connect with her audience has captured critical acclaim and recognition as the fastest-selling new artist for her genre of the last decade. Her debut album, How Can It Be, has been certified Platinum by the RIAA and has produced three certified Gold singles.