Mary-Kathryn - Stream In The Desert

Wednesday 1st December 1999
Mary-Kathryn - Stream In The Desert
Mary-Kathryn - Stream In The Desert

STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: Rhythm House RHD4224

Reviewed by Martin Emerson

The variations of styles show Mary-Kathryn to be a versatile songwriter. The album opens with the title track which though nice never seems to fulfill it's full potential. But the album immediately picks up with the underlying soft but catchy reggae beat of 'Lamplighter' and then gets even better with the excellent arrangement of her song of praise to God, 'I Know'. One of the highlights is 'Tehillih', a powerful and moving track with some great vocals, yet not one word of English, the introduction of which could have come straight off a Jeff Johnson album. Though two songs, 'I You Understand Now' and 'When You Loose Someone' maybe a little bit sweet, they avoid being twee and are still good songs, but not suited to everyone's taste. The album comes to an impressive end with a great praise song, 'None Like You' which will soon have you hitting the repeat button. Though a bit lightweight for many, this is a well-balanced album from a talented songwriter, ('The Lord's Prayer' being the only track she did not write) who is worth keeping an ear open for.

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