Margaret Becker - Air

Published Wednesday 9th January 2008
Margaret Becker - Air
Margaret Becker - Air

RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 43770-15210
LABEL: Modernm 5600242
RELEASE DATE: 2008-11-28
RRP: £12.99

Reviewed by Trevor Raggatt

The release of 'Air' completes a bakers' dozen of solo albums for the veteran CCM singer, Becker and looks set to rank among her best. The largely self-produced album follows the type of formula which has made her earlier albums like 'Falling Forward' and 'What Kind of Love' so eminently listenable - a heady mixture of a smokily-distinctive voice, intelligent pop writing and perfect pop/rock arrangements. That said, the opening track initially tried to throw the listener off the scent with chill-out synth and bass intro reminiscent (of all people) of the Lightning Seeds. However, normal service is soon resumed as the track breaks out into a country rock feel more like Sheryl Crow at her best. The album's ten songs deal with life and spirituality in a subtle and mature manner which draws equally on scripture and experience. Almost any track could be pulled out as a highlight but the sparse bluesy undertones of "Beautiful", so perfectly complementing Becker's vocal and powerful words of "Surrender" particularly caught this reviewer's ear. Margaret Becker now produces her music as an independent artist outside the strictures of the CCM machine - with discs available direct from - and her songs are all the better for that artistic freedom. 'Air' is the type of Christian album which stands head-held-high alongside the best that the secular industry can produce. Here's hoping that someone has the good sense to pick it up for distribution in the UK as soon as possible.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Ann in Amersham @ 15:07 on Jan 13 2008

Margaret Becker's lyrics are so meaningful...the more you listen, the more her music grows on you. But even better, she has a book called "Coming Up for Air" too. She's so real it encourages you to follow God in a fresh way.

Posted by Shellie in Washington, USA @ 21:44 on Jan 11 2008

I concur Trevor! Margaret Becker's music is like a fine just keeps getting better over time. Her eloquent way of writing and expressing herself is brilliant and the music that surrounds her words is wonderful. Everyone should hear this album-heck, all her albums!

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