STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 14571-CAS677 LABEL: Brainstorm 4028 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Ken Eaves
Gene Eugene's Brainstorm, for years an enclave of alternative music, has belatedly ventured into soft pop territory. I'm sorry that 'Rising Above' couldn't do more for me than it did! Probably the best thing it had going for it was that it was produced by Greg Kellogg for Snap, Crackle And Rock Productions. What happened to Pop? Perhaps it isn't that bad, but it doesn't grow on you. After Amy Grant, Julie Miller, Twila Paris, Susan Ashton, to name but a few, it is extremely difficult for a new female pop gospeller to grab the listener's attention. Lisa doesn't. The lyrics are undoubtedly very good, it is the style in which they are delivered that doesn't do them justice. Lisa sings pleasantly enough in sub-Susan Ashton style but nothing in performance or arrangement really engages the listener. I am enthusiastic when it comes to CCM and how it conveys its message to the world, but whilst this album is one solution, part of one vision, I don't think it begins to get its message over properly.
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