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Rebecca St. James
God



Artist Info: Discography
Album length: 10 tracks: 47 Minutes, 49 Seconds
Street Date: 1996


Since 1993, Rebecca St. James has wowed fans with her amazing vocals, outstanding lyrics and engaging stage presence. Garnering numerous Dove Awards, a Grammy and two RIAA Certified Gold albums, miss St. James has kept her fan base strong and mighty. Her sophomore album, God, is the album that did just that. In 1994, her self-titled album earned some attention as well as a tour, but it was this album that made critics and fans whip their heads away from Amy Grant and turn towards Rebecca.

The rock flavored, drum-driven title track is the perfect opener. With soft, long verses and a rocking, vibrant chorus, "God" is sure to surprise but please the fans that have come to know Rebecca. The remake of the hit song "You're the Voice" is much different than the John Farnham version, but works well on this album. The clichéd "You Then Me" is a fun song, but has simplistic, if not childlike, lyrics.

The two best tracks on the album, "Speak to Me" and "Abba (Father)," though very different, are beautiful worship songs. "Speak To Me" has a wonderful, haunting acoustic guitar, while "Abba" contributes a fun, pop/rock sound. The repetitive "Me Without You," like "You Then Me", is clichéd and gets a bit boring after a while. While they both have good messages, "That's What Matters" and "A Cold Heart Turns" are both soft, slow songs that feel like they're much too long. "Carry Me High" is a fun, upbeat song complete with a cute choir of children's voices and a cameo appearance from her younger brother, Josh. The album closer, "Go and Sin No More" starts out with a soft piano that sets the mood for a ballad. But don't stay in that mood for too long, because by the second chorus, the song features full background vocals and drums, fleshing out a luscious pop radio hit - not the softer ballad you were expecting a moment ago.

All in all, God is a wonderful sophomore album. Even though it has a bit of an up-and-down feel to it, it's rock core is what appealed to the fans and put Rebecca on the Christian music map.

JFH Reader Review: Review date: 12/16/07, written by Josiah Coulter for Jesusfreakhideout.com

 

JFH Staff's Additional 2 Cents


For its time, God was a solid pop/rock effort that made Rebecca St. James a force to sit up and take notice of. Rebecca's passion for Christ is as infectious today as it was then day and her switching from the power pop of her debut to this more matured edgy pop style seemed like the perfect move. While the whole album doesn't really hold up twelve years later, it's hard to forget songs like the title track, her cover of "You're The Voice," the beautiful "Speak To Me," and the humbling "Go and Sin No More..." - 1/22/08, John DiBiase

 

 

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. Record Label: Forefront Records
. Album length: 10 tracks: 47 Minutes, 49 Seconds
. Street Date: 1996
. Buy It: Amazon.com

  1. God
  2. You're The Voice
  3. You Then Me
  4. Speak To Me
  5. Abba (Father)
  6. Me Without You
  7. That's What Matters
  8. Carry Me High
  9. A Cold Heart Turns
  10. Go and Sin No More
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