STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 5685-5519 LABEL: Merciful Love Music MLM106 FORMAT: CD Album RELEASE DATE: 1995-12-08 RRP: £13.98
Reviewed by Tony May
Basically, a "same again" of my previous rave review of Manila's exquisite music. This CD, as the title implies, aims to communicate to wavering wayfarers the Lord's gentle, urgent call to return to Him. There are songs born of the Catholic charismatic renewal, some John Michael Talbot, Keith Green and Dave Bryant. Marilla has the rare gift of taking a semi-retired song like "Jesus Take Me As I Am" or "When I Feel The Touch", breathing fresh life into it and presenting it as a sparkling new instrument of flowing praise. Her talent, as well as a superb voice, is to remind us of the glory of simple beauty in music that's clearly intended to centralise Jesus. Fine instrumentation here, as on all her recordings, with arrangements that bring out the full splendour of the music. As one who rarely uses words like "anointing" and "ministry" (it's often the power of music y'know) such words are in order when it comes to this quality of album.
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