Reverend Kelly Lee - Reverend Kelly Lee

Published Tuesday 26th July 2016
Reverend Kelly Lee - Reverend Kelly Lee
Reverend Kelly Lee - Reverend Kelly Lee

STYLE: Country
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 161577-23951
LABEL: Famous FRCCD293

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

I approached this album with some trepidation having read a press release that I was about to listen to some Irish country. My personal feelings is that although Irish country has produced a genuine superstar in Daniel O'Donnell, its tendency towards cheap-and-cheerful production values, many cover versions and a large helping of sentimentality has meant that most of this type of music leaves me cold. But I needn't have worried. Rev Lee has a strong voice, perfectly suited to the songs she or her producer have selected and the production and arrangements by Terry Bradford (Charlie Landsborough, The Fureys) may not be up there with Nashville's finest but there's an excellent pedal steel and Dobro from Maurice Hipkiss. Kelly's voice has good pitching diction and she interprets the songs of faith well thankfully avoiding - with the exception of Gaither's "He Touched Me" - the over-recorded the hymns and songs that clog up far too many country gospel albums. There is in fact some quality material here. The opener is a powerful interpretation of The Crabb Family's "Please Come Down To Me" while "I Watch The Sunrise", the catholic hymn best known by the Daniel O'Donnell recording, works well. Equally strong are the songs "Where Do I Go From Here" which kickstarted the career of songwriter Ray Griff and recorded by Jim Reeves, and the stately Southern gospel anthem "I Found The Lily In My Valley", written by Native American Quinton Mills. The original songs are pretty good as well. Rev Kelly Lee has been doing wonderful work on the mean streets of Warrington and clearly has a new ministry opening up and I am confident there will be more albums to follow in the future.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Phil Hasler in Wigan @ 20:17 on Jul 31 2016

You are correct in your assessment of Reverend Kelly's album, although people may have heard some of these songs before she sings them with a passion the other singers don't seem to have and to that end each song can touch peoples hearts in different ways depending on their needs.

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