LAURA STORY : Open Hands. (Fair Trade : 696859310133)
Following on from her 2014 release “God of Every Story,” this is Laura’s 4th studio album release. I wasn’t too keen on her last album, but this one is so much better. From the opening “Death Has Arrested” there’s a real freshness in her writing and in the production of each song. The first single from the album is the title track, and it’s a touching duet with Third Day’s Mac Powell. Based on Psalm 51, it tells you that God loves the brokenness that you suffer, when you give it all to Him. “Give You Faith” is written by a mother to her child. It’s a poignant song that, I think, can be used as a prayer. “As long As I have breath n my body, I will sing for the love of my King.” This is the thrust behind “For the Love of My King.” This song comes mid-way through the album, and Laura’s vocals are strong and concise. “Awake My Soul” is co-written by Laura, with help from Matt Redman, Matt Maher, and Joseph Myrin. Subtitled “A 1000 Tongues,” it sounds like an old hymn, set to a modern tune. As the album comes to an end, Laura sings of wonder of God’s “Majesty,” and the “Extraordinary” love of Jesus. This album sounds like Laura has been blessed with some really good songs. 8/10.