STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 34217-13420 LABEL: Fair Trade Services 000768430224 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2007-11-30 RRP: £9.99
Reviewed by Mike Rimmer
It's been a delight to see how Sara Groves' music has developed over the last 10 years. A fine singer and songwriter, she epitomises the artist who observes the world around her and writes songs from the heart of what she's discovering about life and the world. I have to confess that the charms of her hugely successful last album 'Add To The Beauty' completely passed me by but this new set has arrested me. Throughout there is an underlying theme of hope that comes bubbling through in the midst of a sometimes brutal and confusing world. Groves has never shied away from the difficult subjects and yet she always manages to find a glint of grace and a glimmer of truth in all of them. From the uplifting majestic pop of "When The Saints Go Marching In" to the heartfelt advice to her children on "Song For My Sons", Groves pens songs that connect. My favourite of the set is the co-write with Charlie Peacock "In The Girl There's A Room" which again contains that message of hope in a funky, bluesy production. Sara Groves is a true artist and the compositions here, with their recurrent themes of compassion for the broken and marginalised are surely the best this passionate crafter of songs has ever penned. Sara's best ever album.
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Critically acclaimed, artistically compelling, and spiritually poignant; all three have been used to describe Sara Goves in the past, yet they never have rung as true as today.
Sara Groves delivers yet another emotionally charged and insightful view into the Christian experience. Always reminding us that the Kingdom of Heaven is present among us, Sara’s gentle challenges allow us to savour the experience of being God’s hands and feet.
Delivered in an artistically compelling manner that invites us into her journey, Sara along with producer Brown Bannister weaves an intoxicating musical soundscape that is at once captivating.