Michael & Stormie Omartian - Seasons Of The Soul

Published Tuesday 7th December 2010
Michael & Stormie Omartian - Seasons Of The Soul
Michael & Stormie Omartian - Seasons Of The Soul

STYLE: Jesus Music
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 31302-17441
LABEL: Myrrh MSB6606
FORMAT: 12 inch vinyl Album
RRP: £4.99

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

In Christian circles these days, Stormie is now famed as a writer of best selling devotional books rather than for the musical collaborations she made back in the '70s with her record producer husband. Before this release Michael had produced a couple of acclaimed and musically advanced albums 'White Horse' and 'Adam Again' which could easily be cited as some of the best produced Christian material of the era. For 1979's 'Seasons Of The Soul' he was signed to a Christian label as a duo with his wife who had contributed vocals to the previous albums but now got front sleeve equal billing. Unfortunately, the demands of the Christian marketplace meant that this record had a little bit too much sugar added into the mix and some of the musical edge of the previous releases was missing here. There's no questioning Michael's production skills or musical talent and the strength of Stormie's voice but the results were just a step too far into MOR. "Where I Been" does rock it up a little and I've always loved and been encouraged by the prayerful "More Like You". From "Ms Past" which opens the set in a bouncy pop but unsubstantial fashion to the epic seven minute title track closer (probably the best track here) this still draws unsatisfying comparisons to 'White Horse' or 'Adam Again'. There's no doubting the quality of the playing but there's something a little patchy and disappointing overall.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Don in state of Delaware @ 20:31 on Oct 18 2011

Michael's third release for the 70's era now includes his talented songwriting wife Stormie; now a duo.
Top ccm artist/guitarist Phil Keaggy is recruited for this lp. "Travel On With Me" is a great ccm song; it includes bgvs by Matthew Ward of top ccm trio 2nd Chapter of Acts. Stormie solos on the beauiful melody of "Gonna Write Me a Song". The top notch
"More Like YOU" was also recorded by the Imperials on their 1979 lp "One More Song For YOU". The nearly 7 minute title song closes the album songset;
it begins with a nice piano/pop lengthy instrumental intro: every believer experiences seasons of the soul.
This another classic 70's ccm album. GOD Bless!-Don

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