Sara Paulson - Once And For All

Wednesday 1st October 1997
Sara Paulson - Once And For All
Sara Paulson - Once And For All

STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop
RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
LABEL: Pamplin PMCD9602
RRP: £14.99

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

Dave and Scott Williams, the producers of Point Of Grace, turn their attention to Ms Paulson and create a MOR sound of lush strings and huge classical choirs. Opening up with "Make His Glory Known", which for some reason reminded me of Amy Grant's "Sing Your Praise To The Lord" (funny how yesterday's CCM becomes today's MOR!), it is clear that this is a big budget easy listening experience! All in all a little sugary. But wait, there is one stonker here. The huge ballad "Thank You For The Beautiful Pictures" gives Sara the chance to escape the overblown backing and sing out! Lovely. As for Sara's voice, it's okay without really being truly remarkable and more suited to the quieter songs like the very nice "A Pilgrim's Prayer" or "Glorious Love". Amongst the thousands of bucks worth of loudly orchestrated backing tracks, she's trying hard but fighting a losing battle as she is easily swamped. Avoid unless you enjoy Steve Green's music!

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Reader Comments

Posted by kim in west palm beach @ 11:59 on May 25 2006

This album was great.... There are songs on here that changed my life. Make my life a miracle was one of them. All the pain I had gone through, Lord make it count for something and that He has done. Don't let someone review stop you from receiving God's blessing on your life.

Posted by Shawna in Aurora, Colorado @ 16:22 on Apr 25 2006

I think as a Christian, what you have said, stinks! When it comes to Christian music, yes, delivery is important, but what is paramount is what it is she is delivering. When I purchased this album years ago, yes, I thought of Sandi Patti immediately, but as I also have a Sandi type voice, it was refreshing to hear someone of the next generation actually sing something with substance and talent. Sometimes the "cutting edge" loses something in the substance. Sara's testimony shines through in her music and her love for Christ is evident. You should re-examine your Walk!

Reply by R. Biancz in Washington @ 19:23 on Jul 23 2018

I thought his comments were fair and truthful. He commented on the recording.

He said nothing about her character, her walk, or her testimony. Had her album been written by her from her character, her walk and her testimony, it would have been unique and more powerful.

You are hurt and offended by someone telling the truth about a recording that has nothing to do with someone's walk.

If I baked a cake, and it was lopsided, had too much sugar in it, and a bit dry, put a nice frosting on it and put it out there for people to eat and presented it to one of the top bakers in the country, and they pointed out that it was lopsided, had too much sugar and was dry, it would be ridiculous for a person who loved me to say, "but she made it with tons of love! That's what is important! She's also younger than you and is doing something valuable, cooking! Her love for Jesus is evident, you should check your walk with Jesus!"

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