Lucy Stimpson - I Look Up To The Heavens

Wednesday 1st December 1999
Lucy Stimpson - I Look Up To The Heavens

STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop
RATING 5 5 5 5 5
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Trevor Kirk

In reality, Ken Shearsmith and Lucy Stimpson should have equal credits on this one, Ken wrote the songs, and Lucy sings them, accompanying herself on piano. The total running time is only just over 27 minutes, although (his is offset by there being 11 tracks, so £5.99 is probably about right. Lucy shows herself to have excellent keyboard technique, as well as a strong, clear voice, and she has ample opportunity to shine on the mainly slow-to-medium material. However, the listening experience is spoilt for me by every outro being chopped off, instead of being allowed to fade gently away. Also, there's occasional distortion, which to be honest would only be apparent if listening on headphones, and the only track that has any sort of up tempo beat to it, suffers from rather banal lyrics that don't fit the tune. Otherwise it's not bad, the song lyrics are suitably worshipful and addressed directly God-wards. But (he production lets it down.

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