STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 20200-11528 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RRP: £8.00
Reviewed by Jeremy Chalmers
'Is It Time?' is the second release from the Worcester -based singer/songwriter Lexie Stobie. Whereas the previous album 'Keys Of The Kingdom' was a more acoustic sounding record, this album has the benefit of a full band. There is a refreshing variety of sound and genre across this recording with some songs having a strong gospel streak, for example "All Of My Days", mixed with songs that suit the quiet times of reflection like "Garden Of Gethsemane", as well as your up beat, ever so slightly funky yet Celtic sounding "Christ Is Risen". Most songs on this album are written by the acoustic guitarist Bill Scriven who incidentally does very well in bringing some nice, technical sounding acoustic guitar to the overall sound. Lexie, although of a young age, manages to bring vocals that seem to speak of years beyond hers. However you can tell she has had a lot of influence from singers including Joss Stone and Leann Rimes. Given her young age, there are areas where I am sure she will grow in, areas such as control confidence and a sense of identity as a singer. One of my favourites of this album is Lexie's version of Delirious?' "Majesty". It's difficult to cover a song by Delirious? successfully, however Lexie's vocals do add a very beautiful touch to this original classic. It is worth keeping an eye on Lexie.
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