STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 11293-CAS982 LABEL: DaySpring 70141826 FORMAT: 12 inch vinyl Album RRP: £3.99
Reviewed by Tim Cockram
According to the press release that accompanied this album Trace Balin has "a voice so unique that it demands attention". That's quite a statement to live up to, but this time they might just be right. Her voice could be described as a hybrid of Amy Grant and Bonny (Lang-ford) Tyler, strange but true. The album takes some getting into - on first play it sounded all too like that "Contemporary Christian" speciality, badly beefed-up ballads with a few guitar licks so as to "reach the kids". But there really is much more to this set. What initially sounded like wimpy rock actually turns out to be a rather clever platform for Trace's voice and perhaps more importantly the lyrics go way beyond standard evange-speak. Although none of the tracks leap out and grab your attention there's a synergy that gives the album an appeal that is greater that the sum of the individual tracks. Plus without getting heavy there's a real spirituality about these performances. This is not an album for all occasions. I found that I was most receptive to it whilst driving to and from work, it soothed the soul rather than blasted the hassles and aggravations. Worth taking the time to get into.
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