Marilla - I Believe In You

Published Wednesday 11th June 2008
Marilla - I Believe In You
Marilla - I Believe In You

STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop
RATING 5 5 5 5 5
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 45875-14205
LABEL: Merciful Love Music MLM143
RRP: £13.99

Reviewed by Robin Thompson

I make this release number 23 from the ever popular Catholic worship singer, billed on her website as the UK's number one Christian recording artist. Leaving aside such hyperbole one has to observe that this latest release sounds very dated. The songs are all well known worship numbers, such as Carl Tuttle's "I Give You All The Honour" and the traditional "Where You There When They Crucified My Lord?" but the 1960s ballad feel with swathes of synth strings is distinctly wearing, particularly as each song seems to have been approached in the same manner. I was longing for a little variety inventive production/arrangements would have brought. I didn't like some of the interpretations either, feeling that too many liberties had been taken with the melody line, for example on "Jesus, Jesus, Jesus" where the syncopation on the chorus is absent. The rhythm is too regular and as a result, the song loses its lightness and subtlety. However, I don't for one moment think Marilla is going to lose her appeal to her loyal fans with this one, but she won't win any new ones with this mediocre set.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Myrna in Saskatchewan, Canada @ 02:43 on Sep 25 2011

Very lovely inspirational music, so nice to listen to at any time of the day, so touching to the heart.
Where can I buy the Marilla Ness Album Aba My Father ? Merciful Love Music 1997 MLM 116 ???

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