STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 48884-14538 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Paul Kerslake
Stephanie Israelson is a Canada-based singer/songwriter who has been performing and recording for several years. In 2007 Gospel Music Association Canada nominated Stephanie in three categories in their 29th Annual Covenant Awards 'Lead Me There' is her second album, the singer having taken a break to raise her family. Stephanie has a powerful voice which is put to good use on this album. The opener, "Free", talks about our freedom due to Christ's sacrifice and she belts out the chorus brilliantly. "Lead Me There", the title track and a big radio single in her native Canada is a great pop/rock singalong. The songs are good and there are many biblical references in the booklet along with short background stories behind the songs. However, the actual sound of the songs can get a bit wearing as there is not much variety in tempo or dynamic from track to track. The style and feel of the whole album is very much guitar-based pop/rock, think big power ballads and '80s rock, it is well produced but sounds just a tad dated. My personal favourite was the last track, "Come To The Cross" which would work really well in congregational worship.
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