Maggi Dawn - Elements

Saturday 1st February 1997
Maggi Dawn - Elements
Maggi Dawn - Elements

STYLE: Roots/Acoustic
RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
LABEL: Zoo 001

Reviewed by Sammy Horner

I have been so looking forward to this album since Ms Dawn opened up a whole new world of worship to me a few years ago. Considering that I think that her song "I Will Wait" is one of the best UK worship songs ever, it meant that she really needed to come up with something special this time. Since her last disc Maggi has studied for a degree in theology, plus continued touring. I suspect that is why it has taken so long to get to us. Here we fiend a class act bettered...Andy Cross has produced a sparkling disc of Maggie's songs mixing acoustic and electric guitars, drum machines/loops and some percussion together with didgeridoo and fine harmonies. The beauty of Dawn's writing is that she manages to say those old truths in a simple and new way and that her songs could easily be sung without the aid of instruments...a rare gift. You could call much of her work contemporary liturgy, it could easily be spoken as well as sung. Maggie's voice has matured as well...she delivers the vocals with fresh confidence, clarity and beauty. Short of a proposal of marriage, it's hard to explain how much I appreciate this lady's music. If worship is the lost gem of the church, Maggi Dawn continues to bring us diamonds and pearls. If you don't have to queue to buy this...there ain't no justice.

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