STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 33102-15470 LABEL: Sparrow BIRD152 FORMAT: 12 inch vinyl Album RRP: £4.99
Reviewed by Mike Rimmer
It's hard to believe that these days Sheila Walsh has established herself as an inspirational singer when you think of the cutting edge pop music she made at the start of her career. Her fourth album was recorded in 1984 and produced by keyboard wiz Craig Pruess who, at the time, was working with Cliff Richard. He contributes backing vocals along with the cream of Christian session singers of the time. One of them, Chris Eaton, contributes four songs and there are also three songs from Graham Kendrick from the days when he didn't just write worship material. One of them, "No Alibi" is a wonderful piece of experimentation and the opening title track is an anthemic piece of '80s pop. Talking of pop, two songs from Eaton, "Golden Rule" and "Don't Turn Your Back On Jesus" are given a keyboard-driven sound by Pruess and stand up well for the period. Walsh's voice really suits this material and may surprise people who are used to her more delicate modern tones but for a while she was making edgy, interesting pop. The Kendrick written single "Growing Up To Be A Child" is a moving song and includes a beautiful Mel Collins sax solo but failed to make the charts.
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