Heart
Our Rating
3 Stars - Good
Average Rating
(9 user ratings) ADD YOURS Help
Release Date
February 14, 2012
Label
Sparrow Records

Style: Singer-songwriter pop; compare to Sara Groves, Sarah McLachlan, Kari Jobe

Top Tracks: "The Way You Move," "Sparrow," "O My Soul"

Christian music's most recent critical darling follows up her thoughtful 2010 debut with twelve tracks solidifying her status as an astute songbird. Ballads like "Breaking You" present Assad's vulnerable perspectives on relationship—spiritual and human—with vocal runs so disarming even great gut-spillers like Joni Mitchell would applaud her songsmith. Musically, muted horns, round Wurlitzers, and laidback snares notate an appealing retro-live vibe on highlight tracks ("Blessed Are the Ones," "The Way You Move"), invigorating otherwise sleepy production. But piano/vocal-focused tracks shine brightest, adequately showcasing Assad's affective verses, colorful chord choices, vocal uniqueness, and overall excellent musicianship.

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:
Christianity Today
Heart
hide thisAccess The Archives

In the Archives

February 2012

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