STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop RATING 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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