Nancy Sawyer - Walk

Friday 1st October 1999
Nancy Sawyer - Walk
Nancy Sawyer - Walk

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: New Dawn NDD004
RRP: £10.00

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

At any stage in pop history, there seems to be no shortage of girls with nice voices and a piano singing gentle songs (I blame Carole King) and Christian pop is no exception! It's easy even with talent to get lost in this crowd but Nancy Sawyer's new offering deserves a little time for your consideration. Her songs are carefully crafted and communicate spiritually in a tender and encouraging fashion. Weather it's the reassurance of the powerful ballads 'Arms Of Jesus' and 'End Of The Day' or the down to earth observations and faith of 'His Name Is Jesus', these are great songs that minister to the soul. As ifs Phil Goss has added a production sheen to the album which admirably dresses Nancy's songs in her ear catching arrangements, or example sprinkling some pop gloss (Goss's gloss anyone? Hehehe) and stonking guitar parts on 'Sticks And Stones'. His skill as a producer mean that while this album feels fresh, he has been wise not to submerge Nancy under a weight of technology. 'Hard To Let Go' and 'How do I Feel' are clothed in tasteful swathes of synth and rhythms to bring them alive. The latter is a fine piece of work. 'Up 'N' Down' slinks past on some groovy synth bass and 'Dancing On The Inside' is probably the most strident track on the album built around an insistent drum and acoustic guitar combination. Overall this is an excellent leap forward from her last album 'So Alive' and a good clean pop album that deserves wider attention.

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