STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 19117-11501 LABEL: Sponge 38352 FORMAT: DualDisc Album RRP: £9.99
Reviewed by Ian Hayter
This is one of the new breed of double-sided discs with an audio album of one side and a DVD on the other. The DVD contains the entire studio album, a documentary about the singer's mercy mission to the Deep South in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and footage of an in-store concert. It's pretty well worth it just for that. But the studio audio side is even more wonderful. Ms Groves has a fine voice and Brown Bannister's as always meticulous production enables that voice to be shown to perfection. The title track is an excellent song, driven along by a fine band, but some of the more stripped down performances - particularly "To The Moon" with the singer, a piano and a small choir - are also superb. This is a great album from the singer/songwriter and a strong showcase for her music, lyrics and voice.
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Candidly truthful and compassionately hopeful, the fourth release from acclaimed singer-songwriter Sara Groves is another creative expression of faith and relationships. Echoing Sara's first release Conversations in its intimate and honest lyrical journey, Sara offers an insightful and accessible view into the complexities of Christianity being worked out in a fallen world. The DVD features behind the scenes footage of the making of Add To The Beauty as well as exclusive interviews with Sara.