STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 81782-12619 LABEL: Essential 083061087821 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2009-07-28 RRP: £9.99
Reviewed by Julie Porter
This is the debut album by American sisters Tal and Acacia. These sisters began songwriting and guitar playing as teenagers and are now in their twenties. According to their label, this debut album aims to "wake listeners and refresh the soul like a cold splash of water". Although admirable, I am not quite sure if 'Wake Me' has met this aim. There are some stand out tracks like "Top Priority", "Clearview" and the haunting "Warrior Child". However, their quirky style is seen in tracks "Merry Go Round" and "Walking Your Dog" and I just wander if they're just a little too quirky on this album. After listening repeatedly I feel that although this album, produced by Monroe Jones (Third Day, Chris Rice) has some great tracks and the vocal style of both sisters are very commercial in Norah Jones, Imogen Heap style, in truth 'Wake Me' doesn't quite hold together. Maybe their next album will produce the consistency that truly will bring the promised refreshment.
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As songwriters, sisters Tal & Acacia create songs that wake listeners and refresh the soul like a cold splash of water. Especially in desert times, their debut album Wake Me ministers and inspires.
Realising that sometimes we slumber in our walk with God and take a hiatus from His presence, Tal & Acacia desire to stir listeners to become alive again.
Musically, Tal & Acacia bear resemblance to such acts as Feist, Norah Jones, Imogen Heap and Sixpence None The Richer, and credit songwriting inspiration from artists like Keith Green and Stevie Wonder.
The quirky pop sound of Tal & Acacia’s debut album, titled Wake Me, is a breath of fresh air, defi ned by catchy choruses and girded in joy. Distinctly rich and infectious, Wake Me intuitively embraces the clash between the principled, spiritual inner self and a confusing, glittery outer culture.
Tal & Acacia’s Wake Me album is a collection of songs meant for the times, to energise and inspire, and free us.