STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 4190-4973 LABEL: Chapel Lane 2026 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Tony May
'Heart And Soul' is an effective collection of mellow pop songs, some originals and some borrowed ditties from such as Trace Balin, Babbie Mason, and Jamie Owens-Collins. The songs are not strong an instant impact but are the type that eventually become welcome friends. Olivers voice and performance have sharpened up from what I remember of his earlier work, he's developed into a mature communicator. The backing so richly textured from Mark Pharlett. To be honest, I didn't expect too much from this album but it's an enjoyable, polished set that's clearly had expertise and hard work put into it.
Also reviewed in CR20:
Oliver Raper's smooth MOR vocal stylings won't be to everyone's tastes but here there are plenty of contemporary elements introduced by clever, contemporary production. The result is a pleasing mix of easy listening and pop while Oily exudes a warm faith. The material is a mix of originals and covers (from the likes of Trace Balin, Jamie Owens-Collins and the Imperials) and the whole album has a devotional warmth which will touch many hearts and souls. Recommended.
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