Reviewed by Tony Cummings
In case you didn't know, Marilla has found a unique niche in the firmament of Christian music, being Britain's most-loved singer from the Catholic Church and her gentle, country-tinged easy listening style has introduced many a praise and worship classic to the Catholic community down the years. On this, her 10th album, Marilla takes an interesting sidestep in terms of her choice of songs. It's still largely covers but on this set, as well as songs from the likes of Darlene Zschech, Robin Mark and Russell Fragar, Marilla covers oldies from Tom Paxton and Gerry Rafferty. Just as surprising, Steve Hindalong and Derald Daugherty's beautiful "Beautiful Scandalous Night" is given a workout. Arrangements are hugely predictable, consisting of producer Amy Sage's string synth and a delicately picked acoustic from Howard Lees, while Manila's sweet vocals soar effortlessly. For thousands, Marilla is THE voice of songs of faith and devotion. This album, like its predecessors, will no doubt find a receptive audience though I suspect few will be Cross Rhythms readers.
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