Reviewed by Trevor Kirk
Lee Hart was born in Trinidad, but now is based in Coventry, and he's recorded this CD as a fund raiser for Global Care, whose slogan says it all - "Christian Action For Children World-wide." In view of the worthy cause that this is intended to benefit after all, supporting orphans is one of the things that Christians are instructed by Scripture to do), I feel a bit of a Scrooge when I suggest that this album is rather disappointing. Lee has a warm, light, and on the whole accurate, tenor voice, but he deserves much better material than the bewhiskered bunch of inspirational ditties here. Included on the track list are such ancient stuff as Ray Boltz's "Thank You"; Babbie Mason's "Each One, Reach One" (the only one where Lee really struggles, because I feel it's pitched too low; up a couple of tones, and it would have suited his range better); Scott Wesley Brown and Greg Nelson's "When Answers Aren't Enough"; the old Rodeheaver gospel standard "No-one Ever Cared For Me Like Jesus", which sounds like it's had a makeover from Ray Conniff; a rather flowery reading of Thomas Chisholm and Bill Runyan's "Great Is Thy Faithfulness"; and the quasi-spiritual "Wind Beneath My Wings". When some fairly ordinary arrangements are added to the mix, then you might understand my reluctance to wholeheartedly recommend this album. Lee does his best, but the songs let him down, badly.
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