STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 2142-216 LABEL: Word 7019443605 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 1994-11-15 RRP: £4.99
Reviewed by Chris Tozer
The folks who produce glitzy easy listening music are hardly renowned for creative and meaningful lyrics. Sweet tunes and catchy clichés are paramount, thank you very much. Christian MOR has fared little better. For a singer who is unable to write how they feel, it must be tempting to just record anything as long as it sounds good. So full marks to Sandi Patty who has bravely tried to avoid the excesses of 'Lushville', Tennessee. Her stated desire was for the album to reflect her own life as it is now - warts and all. She has come pretty close in succeeding, thanks to some finely crafted songs from Bob Farrell and producer Greg Nelson. Many of the tracks are about God being with us even in the tough times, or about our responding commitment to him. "Safe Harbour" is Sandi's thank you to her church for being "A place to come with a spirit to forgive" and "When I Heal" speaks of God's faithfulness - "It's hard to fathom/What he forgives he forgets." So, lyrically this album is most encouraging, but you will have to wait awhile before Sandi is the Mary Chapin Carpenter of CCM.
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