STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 154879-22921 LABEL: Forerunner 821827000079 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2015-02-03 RRP: £13.99
Reviewed by Stephen Curry
This is a significant departure for IHOP's Misty from the congregational worship songs of previous offerings as it is a pop album with an earthy and rootsy feel. Produced by Brown Bannister, she has no doubt been encouraged to experiment with sounds and tones which bring a distinctive quality to some of the tracks. This is no more evident than in the title track exploring the eternal nature of life with a rhythmic blues sound overlaid with hand clapping and the sound of xylophones. "Invisible One" hauntingly declares "My eyes ache to see what my heart can't deny" and another bluesy song "Companion" takes on the perspective of the Creator seeking out a relationship with the created. "Audience of One" has an upbeat Latin vibe and sounds in part not unlike "La Isla Bonita" by Madonna. The unplugged piano based ballads "Killing Me With Mercy" and "Summer Girl" perfectly expose Misty's smoky voice. This album can be described as eclectic, introspective and experimental and although it does lack an element of cohesion, it makes up for it with beautiful melodies, thought provoking lyrics and one of Christendom's most recognisable voices.
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With Misty’s new album 'Little Bird' (which comes on the heels of 2013's critically lauded Only a Shadow), there’s a decidedly different slant towards the singer/songwriter side of this immensely talented artist, and for the first time thus far in her ministry, exposes several shades of deeper reflection.
'Little Bird' has the ability to take flight towards the spiritually thirsty of varying backgrounds that converge at the crossroads of musical and lyrical authenticity. From strictly a sonic perspective, listeners are likely to pick up on noted, independently-minded influences. Add in all-star production from the legendary, 14 Grammy Award-winning / 25 Dove Award-winning Brown Bannister, plus co-production from the Grammy-nominated Paul Moak (The Blind Boys of Alabama, Mat Kearney), and the blend of earthy innovation with analogue experimentation, alongside a vast myriad of subject matter, is nothing short of masterful.
"I'm definitely an introvert with a philosophical heart," concedes Misty. "The frailty and purpose of life are what drives me the most, and I've always been so aware of both. I'm captivated by thoughts of eternity, who God is, and I'm very consumed with serving an audience of one. What does He want from me? Living that question leads to so many more, and I'm driven to fulfill His purpose."