Twila Paris - Beyond A Dream

Friday 1st April 1994
Twila Paris - Beyond A Dream
Twila Paris - Beyond A Dream

RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
LABEL: StarSong SSD0006
RRP: £10.76

Reviewed by Chris Berry

Last year's 'A Heart That Knows You' compilation showed Twila's real class - beautifully crafted songs superbly put together over a period of years. So what's happened in the last two years? Well, from the first few seconds of "God Is In Control" it's obvious that with a little (?) help from Brown Bannister she has re-invented herself as a CCM, rather than a MOR, singer and surged back with a brilliant, hook-filled set of radio-friendly songs which will surely prove to be her most successful album ever. But it's not all rhythmic hijinks for CCM-grooving teens. Twila's best songs have always been those intimate, baring the soul numbers and she doesn't disappoint. "Neither Will I" is as surefire a No 1 hit in the US CCM chart as I have heard in ages. If you've grown up thinking Amy Grant held all the aces in this department then think again, Twila's up there too. Super songs, lovely voice, welcome back Twila.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Don in state of Delaware @ 16:28 on Sep 16 2013

Kudos to one of ccm's top singer/songwriters that keeps pressing out those well loved songs.
Right off the bat, the powerful opening song "God Is In Control" does not disappoint. It is high quality ccm material, a contant reminder to every believer when life has its ups and downs and we don't agree with what's going on. I have the video for this top notch song, Twila also sang this on the Dove awards (in '95 I believe). When Twila sings a song, you know she sings what she believes, this is one of those moments. I also have the video for
"What Am I Without You", no truer words ever rung out, a song of beauty:btw cd title comes from this song. "Watch & Pray" is a song for today. This collection of songs are a most welcomed addition into the 90's era of ccm. In today's society when countless believers are falling away "Neither Will I" is a much needed prayerful song to be heard & sung. It kinda takes me back to Amy Grant's 1980 Don't Give up On Me". "Visitor From Heaven" is for anyone who has lost a dear loved one in this life, treasure the moments given on this earth, time to spend with those you love. I love the ancient musical sounds of "I Will Worship"; you can hear another ccm on bgvs Chris Eaton, actually Chris joins bgvs for almost every song on the cd. The 3 minute "The Light Is Shining" befittingly closes the 11 track list.
God bless, Don

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