STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 4941-840 LABEL: Curb WBD4148 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RRP: £2.50
Reviewed by Tony May
I must have been one of the few not over-impressed with this artist's debut last year and would not have joined in electing him New Artist and Male Vocalist Of The Year. However, I find this new set far more convincing, even to conceding that, yes, he is indeed rather good. This is a collection of classy new songs from such trusted sources as Babbie Mason, Phil Madeira, Bob Farrell and Gary Chapman and "Savior" from our very own Paul Field/Nia Jones. Michael's vocal work evidences mature strength, pushed forward by such inspiring musicians as Dan Huff, Jerry McPherson, David Hungate and Shane Keister. Backing vocalists include Ashley Cleveland, Judson Spence and Marty McCall. I have to say that although it's all very high quality I find the total effect a little colourless, lacking in passion or anything that really catches fire. I still can't completely concede that English is particularly distinctive, and prefer Bob Carlisle on this type of stuff. It's to be hoped his voice problems clear up to enable him to stay with the music.
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