STYLE: Gospel RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 44366-13644 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: CD EP ITEMS: 1 RRP: £6.99
Reviewed by Andy Cooper
Victoria is a singer/songwriter from the southern side of London and here is her debut release of four songs, produced by well known worship man Noel Robinson. The slow jazzy numbers ("Time To Pray" and "2Dream") are those that suit her smooth vocal style best, though the latter has a rather kitsch reminder of Des'ree from the mid '90s. "Praise Party" is the closer, but unfortunately shows up the lack of budget with its programmed keyboards and rhythms lacking the soul and vibe that is needed to match the showcased vocal. But there's another point: Victoria's vocal has soul, but perhaps has not yet attained the agility, strength and charisma needed to carry off the up-tempo numbers. The songs themselves are endearing enough, though the repetition of "Turned Around" gets a bit wearing (the title words sung 10 times within 30 seconds before the first verse begins). Having noted that, this is still a reasonable debut.
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