STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 175419-28336 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: CD Album
Reviewed by Lins Honeyman
Chattanooga-based husband and wife team Matthew Macauley and Micah Joy's first full album sees the UK/US pair build on the success of their well-received 2015 'Strong And Able' EP by offering up a collection of contemplative worship tunes that don't force their presence but instead soak into the soul. Beginning with nothing much more than a piano and violin for accompaniment, "I Can Hear You Call You My Name" sets the scene for an album where Micah and Matt whisper their devotion to God - either by alternating lead vocal duties or coming together in sweet harmony - as if not to disturb the neighbours whilst recording. Instrumentally, there is a fluid and occasionally ambient feel to proceedings with gentle performances building up an unobtrusive backdrop that provides enough ebb and flow to keep things interesting - a technique that works particularly well in spacious numbers like the "Mercy Comes" and "Stormy Soul". Occasionally, the likes of "Home In Your Love" and the hymn-like "O The Cross" raise the decibels a notch to provide some stirring moments but this remains a beautifully quiet if unassuming set that will soothe and salve.
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