Marilla - Abba My Father

Monday 1st April 1996
Marilla - Abba My Father
Marilla  - Abba My Father

STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop
RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 5691-172
LABEL: Merciful Love Music MLM116
FORMAT: CD Album
ITEMS: 1
RRP: £13.98


Reviewed by Tony May

Marilla's certainly maintaining a fast pace of new releases, but who is complaining? This set balances old and new, each treated to the superlative Manila Ness finesse. Old favourites dusted down and coming up all sparkly and shiny include "Alleluia My Father", "Abba Father", "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus". Some very fine newer material includes "I Will Never Forget You My People" from the American Catholic composer Carey Landry, whose fine work is sadly little known here. There's also a pleasing, folky version of the Lord's Prayer, "Our Father", written by Estelle White/Kevin Mayhew. The two most attractive new songs are the lovely "The Light In You" and one of Charlie Landsborough's finest "What Colour Is The Wind". I am sure Marilla would agree that Charlie's own version is unmatchable but Charlie would agree that Manila's version, slightly altered, is beautiful. 12 tracks full of the artist's consistent sensitivity and care. Few singers can coax the full beauty out of songs as can this one.

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