Michelle Parke - Teach Me

Monday 1st February 1993
Michelle Parke - Teach Me

STYLE: Gospel
RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
LABEL: Independent
FORMAT: Cassette Album

Reviewed by Karl Allison

Now here's a new talent. Michelle has a warm smooth voice and delivers these songs in laid back mode, not unlike Sade but with a little more depth in the voice. The songs are quite pretty too, if somewhat lightweight in the lyrical department. And for a private recording, they've achieved a fine standard of production. So what's the problem? Unfortunately, the backing of keyboards and bass (and occasional sax) go nowhere near to doing justice to Michelle's fine vocals. It's so underplayed that Michelle has done well to sing any soul into the album at all. It all needs more movement, more colour. Perhaps that's partly why my favourite track is the unaccompanied end piece "Evening Prayer". But whatever the reservations, this lady is certainly worth checking out.

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