STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 6666-6567 LABEL: Essential 083061068127 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RRP: £4.99
Reviewed by Steve Best
Okay, it has to be said that since there are so many female solo pop artists sprouting up these days, to make any sort of impact you have to be pretty special. Well, word from the States is that Sarah (the daughter of worship leader and songwriter Gary Sadler who's written classics like "Ancient Of Days") is one such special case, and guess what? They're right. Opener "Beautiful" is perfect radio-friendly pop. Not ground breaking, but excellent none the less. "Best Thing" continues the theme, and whilst there's no doubt that this is standard radio pop, the quality, married to Sarah's fragile, haunting voice - best evidenced on "Orbit" which makes clever use of strings - pulls this head and shoulders above much of the formulaic fare currently doing the rounds. A fine debut.
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Sarah Sadler is a singer/songwriter's pop album, a collection of 11 original songs written or co-written by this 19-year-old with depth that belies her age. It's a carnival of great expectations, evoking a passion for pursuing life head-on with grace and honesty.
Her perpetually hopeful optimism puts negativity through the wringer, and when life seems fickle and untrustworthy, Sarah's relentless vindication of God's goodness restores confidence.