Leah - Witness

Published Thursday 23rd September 2004
Leah - Witness
Leah - Witness

RATING 4 4 4 4
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 11717-10507
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

Leah Cripps is an inspirational pop singer based in Reading and 'Witness' is her debut album. Clearly Leah has been ministering in local church settings singing songs with vertical worshipful lyrics to encourage other believers. Like many independent recordings, the low budget shows through here and although Leah is undoubtedly sincere about what she's trying to do, from a purely musical perspective there are difficulties here. The production and mixing doesn't hold together very well and at times Leah's voice wavers slightly towards being flat. The songs all say the right kind of things and it seems as though the inspirational ballad is her favourite vehicle. However she does not have the voice to pull it off and the songs themselves are not strong enough. Ultimately, this will appeal to friends and church members where she plays but as a stand alone listening experience, there are too many holes. With work and time, most of this could be fixed on a future project but 'Witness' isn't the best introduction.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Dan Elliott in Treforest @ 12:05 on Mar 18 2009

As a friend of the family I may be a little biased here but when I listened to both of Leah's albums and the live performances I was able to attend I was so focused on the meaning and depth of the lyrics that I did not notice any "holes" as you so delicately put them. After all isn't the Christian Music movement all about an expression of your love for God and the aim not so much to produce an album that sells but to produce a work that draws people closer to God and expresses the artist's own experiences with the Lord? We can't all be Tim Hughes' or Matt Redman and get massive movement/organisations behind us after all! Leah's sincerity and desire to worship God really shine through making the albums pleasurable to listen to over and over again - more so for me than Tim Hughes or Matt Redman or any other big name worship artist! Please let us not get to the stage where a Christian artist fails to have an impact because they can only produce low budget albums! Christian worship is an expression of love and gratitude - if there is anything else in it then I think the artists themselves need to question their sincerity!!!

Posted by Leah Cripps in Reading @ 13:57 on Jul 8 2005

...the music that I write. I appreciate your comments as a professional music journalist. With time comes experience and with training comes improvement, this was our first recording. Please recognise my sincerity and my declaration/expression of love for God and understand that this recording was a provision of opportunity for involvement of close friends and family because we all have a desire to worship our creator God. I would be grateful if my comments were added to yours so readers ca appreciate both sides of the barrel. Many Thanks.

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