The Mercy Project is a new album featuring twelve of today's top female Christian artists. All the proceeds benefit Mercy Ministries of America, a non-profit organization that provides shelter for troubled girls with problems such as drug abuse, teen pregnancy, and eating disorders. Founder Nancy Alcorn's vision is to overcome these problems with education and the love of Christ. So now you know the album's heart is in the right place and buying it actually helps young women.
Artistically speaking, I found The Mercy Project to be a mixed bag, though it does have its good moments. It's nice to see the reemergence of several notable Christian artists. Christmas project aside, we haven't heard Amy Grant much, so her voice is a welcome addition to "Irresistible Love." Likewise, "We Cannot Hide It" is enjoyable because it seems too long since we've heard from Christine Denté (Out of the Grey). Kim Hill's "New Eyes" and Jill Phillips' "Love Is Relentless" are both a welcome breath of fresh air to The Mercy Project — the only truly upbeat tracks on an album filled with ballads and middle-of-the-road adult contemporary. The one truly stirring song, for me, was interestingly enough performed by April McLean, the one artist on the album with whom I'm not familiar. Her song "Inside Out" is the most beautifully written and performed track on the disc, and I'm looking forward to more of April's music.
Otherwise, most of the disc feels too much like cookie-cutter Christian pop. Though lyrically encouraging, the songs just don't compare to the power, beauty, and sadness expressed in last year's Streams project. And with just a couple of exceptions, most of the songs on this album could have been sung by any of the women who ...1
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