LOU FELLINGHAM : This Changes Everything. (Integrity)
Two years after the release of her last album, Fascinate, Lou Fellingham returns with This Changes Everything. Recorded live at the Old Market Theatre in her native Brighton, Lou’s sixth solo album captures her in her element: worshipping with a full band, among old friends, using new songs to communicate timeless truths. A lot of the tracks sound very much like similar releases from Jesus Culture. Were as they have Kim Walker Smith, Lou takes control of these song with her own, fine, voice. “Praise the Name of Jesus” is the first song, and is quite quiet in presentation. The other extreme is the pace of which “The Final Say” races along. Lou sings of the promise that God is with you at all times on “Turn My Life Around,” while “Strong to Deliver” sees her duet with a male singer. Then comes the albums ‘purple patch.’ “Everlasting Arms” sounds like one of the great hymns of our past in presentation. It flows majestically with lyrics such as “Lean on the everlasting arms” and “Your mercy flows like a river.” In similar vein, “Lord I Need You” comes across with great power within. Sandwiched between those two tracks is the gentle “Speak”, which is all about listening to God. These three songs are, for me, the pick of the album. Of the others, “Tapestry” starts off okay, but seems to go on forever, losing its way, halfway through. Then, there’s “Sweet Surrender.” It’s repetitive chorus and unimaginative lyrics are laid on a bed of funky rhythms that sound like some 70’s disco tune. It’s not a bad album, but I’d preferred to hear more songs that didn’t sound the same. 7/10.