STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 23391-12526 LABEL: Independent ML1100306 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Allan Clare
From the first track you know you are in for a quality production - this singer/songwriter from Arkansas' voice reminded me very much of Lou Fellingham's (ie, superb) and the style is similar to Lou's too. This is a very good album indeed, with lyrics that either focus on Maria's relationship with God ("Alive In You", "Saved By Grace") or call out to those who don't know Him ("Call On Him"). There's radio friendly electric guitar pop with the very catchy title track, while the track "Stained" has a rootsy Latino vibe, but the overall sound is of contemporary pop-rock with the emphasis on rock. These days we expect quality production, superb musicianship and excellent vocals, and "Here With Me" scores high on all these counts, but what I really liked about this debut was the lyrical weight. I was blessed! If you want some quality Christian lyrics to get your teeth into while you sing along to catchy pop-rock numbers, then this album won't disappoint.
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