Pablo Perez - Return

Published Tuesday 12th August 2008
Pablo Perez - Return
Pablo Perez - Return

STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop
RATING 4 4 4 4
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 44379-14294
LABEL: Forerunner 821827002226
RRP: £12.99

Reviewed by Mark Lawrence

Singer/songwriter Pablo Perez has drawn in the likes of Mike Bickle and Jono Hall to help produce 'Return', an album he claims is "designed to awaken love in your soul". Unfortunately, musically at least, 'Return' is more likely to send you to sleep. From the outset on "Whom Have I" the tone is set with a heavy emphasis on atmospheric programmed keyboards and drums augmented with the occasional 1980's guitar and saxophone solo. This tone continues on the weepy, Celtic-like ballad "My God Is King" where Pablo duets with female vocalist Laura Hackett giving the song a kind of 'Disney animated film soundtrack' feel, complete with the obligatory climactic build-up to the final chorus. Things fail to pick up on the euro-pop sounding "Return" and by the time the opening synth is played on "God of Hope" the middle-of-the-road balladry begins to nullify the senses. If only there was a change of tempo or pace somewhere on the album to bring some life to proceedings it wouldn't be so bad but there isn't. Musically the album has a polished, albeit dated sound (think early 90's Michael W Smith) and lyrically the songs are part touching expositions of God's love and part Christian cliché. Fans of the balladry of artists such as Westlife or Celine Dion would find plenty of key-changes to get their teeth into but for me I'd rather just sit in silence.

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Product Description
Return is a small reflection of God's heart for us. It is designed to awaken love in our souls, to woo and fascinate hearts for Jesus, says Pablo Perez about his latest release. Highlights include duets with Misty Edwards in Bridegroom, King and Judge, the beautiful voice of Laura Hackett in My God is King, and Carol Hall and Nayomi Greaves. Pablo's Scripture-soaked lyrics will refresh and inspire you, and the soaring melodies will stir your heart in worship.

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