Guest / Limited Access /
Window of Light
Our Rating
4 Stars - Excellent
Average Rating
(not rated yet) ADD YOURS Help
Release Date
October 31, 2006
Label
CD Baby

Sounds like … acoustic-styled pop similar to Shawn Colvin, Carolyn Arends or Amy Grant's Behind the Eyes era

At a glance … while her voice is certainly a highlight, it's the way Ali Matthews weaves in the spiritual with the everyday in her songwriting that makes Window of Light so rewarding

Have you ever found yourself able to accurately predict what the next line of a song will be even if you haven't heard it before? Of course, there are only a certain number of chords and rhymes schemes to go around, so it's bound to happen from time to time. But it's amazing how familiar lyrics have become—especially on Christian radio. Is it that songwriters have run out of things to talk about? Or rather, do they often rely on conventional words and phrases to get the message across?

My guess is the latter, but that's really a moot point when discussing Canadian singer/songwriter Ali Matthews' fifth album, Window of Light. What's so striking about her work is that songwriting doesn't follow the expected course. Instead, she infuses her personal journey into these songs, which makes their spirituality all the more vibrant.

For "The Weapon and the Wound," Matthews says the song was intended "for anyone who knows about obsessions, addictions, or bad choices—even if it's just an insatiable passion for chocolate." It's small insights like that that add so much richness to lyrics like "Tragedy and paradise/Lie within inches from my soul/Even if they take away my very breath/I could never let you go."

On "Give It Away," a poignant commentary on modern life, the "self-proclaimed packrat" offers a sentiment that everyone has faced at one time or another: "Look at this heart/A locked-up collection/A box full of questions ...

Subscriber access only You have reached the end of this Article Preview

To continue reading, subscribe now. Subscribers have full digital access.

Tags:
Browse All Music Reviews By:
Read These NextSee Our Latest
Current IssueCover Story: Standing with Charleston, One Year After the Emanuel AME Church Shooting
Subscriber Access Only Cover Story: Standing with Charleston, One Year After the Emanuel AME Church Shooting
CT sent a reporter and a photographer to be with the family members of several victims.
Current IssueWhat It’s Like to Be Gay at Wheaton College
Subscriber Access Only
What It’s Like to Be Gay at Wheaton College
The evangelical university has received negative press on LGBT matters. My own experience paints a different picture.
TrendingNicole Cliffe: How God Messed Up My Happy Atheist Life
Nicole Cliffe: How God Messed Up My Happy Atheist Life
I had no untapped, unanswered yearnings. All was well in the state of Denmark. And then it wasn’t.
Editor's PickLetters with the Mosque Next Door
Letters with the Mosque Next Door
How a budding friendship between a pastor and an imam brought a community together.
Christianity Today
Window of Light
hide thisAccess The Archives

In the Archives

August 2006

To continue reading, subscribe now for full print and digital access.