Sheila Walsh - Don't Hide Your Heart

Published Sunday 9th May 2010
Sheila Walsh - Don't Hide Your Heart
Sheila Walsh - Don't Hide Your Heart

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 33100-16508
LABEL: Sparrow BIRD165
FORMAT: 12 inch vinyl Album
RRP: £4.99

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

I still have vivid memories of a trip to a Christian bookstore in 1985 to buy this album and Charlie Peacock's 'Lie Down In The Grass' followed by a lengthy listening session at my pastor's house afterwards! At the time Sheila Walsh was presenting the Rock Gospel Show on BBC TV and interest in the Scottish-singer-turned-TV-presenter was growing in America. This album follows the pattern established on 'Triumph In The Air' released the previous year with dramatic synth-driven pop and well crafted ballads, all topped with Sheila's distinctive soprano. There are plenty of highlights here. Her buoyant cover of Bryn Haworth's "We're All One" simply strides along and there's a lovely duet with Cliff Richard called "Jesus Call Your Lambs" and a thumping political message song "Under The Gun". The album closes with a pair of fantastic songs. The Craig Pruess production on "Not Guilty" is astoundingly good mixing dramatic synth sounds with lyrical sax and her version of Paul Field's "Thief In the Night" lets the album conclude on an absolute high. 25 years later, this still has the power to arrest the listener!

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Reader Comments

Posted by Don in state of Delaware @ 21:55 on Sep 21 2010

This ccm songbird of the UK delivers another classic album. Her previous lp included songs with backing vocals by UK's Sir Cliff Richard. She once again, paired with Cliff, this time for a beautiful duet, "JESUS, Call YOUR Lambs"; written by ccm songstress Teri DeSario, on her 1983 debut. This song is definitely the most memorable hit song off the album. A friend of mine at the time heard the song, and absolutely loved it! Another album icebreaker is the rockin' "We're All One". This album is another piece of ccm history. GOD Bless! -Don

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