After what seemed like a musical sabbatical, Grammy nominated, Multi- Dove Award winning Natalie Grant is back with her newest album Hurricane. This album is a bit different from the worship ballad approach that Natalie Grant is known for in songs like "Power of the cross" or "Your Great Name". It may have to do with the fact that 8 out of 10 of the tracks on Hurricane were penned by the golden girl of CCM---herself.
Though the album is repetitive in its moderately paced mid-tempo approach it does offer a wide array of sounds influenced by different musical genres. Tracks like "Closer to your heart" are driven with percussion sounds on the vamp reminiscent of an 80's soft rock band while tracks like "In the end are dripping "folk" with the banjo driving, foot-tapping, foot stomping, well-assisted harmonies, and complimentary vocal chants.
One central theme in the vocalization of this project are soft belts, and sweet soft vocals with a young girlish appeal. Songs like "Burn Bright" are ballads that are a bonafide pick for cross-over markets. Other tracks on this project share the same "you were made to be great" message like beautiful duet "Born to be", which would tap into country music markets seamlessly. Every track consistently has lyrics which are simple in approach, laid back percussions steadily pulse throughout the songs, and a message of how God's love overtakes us to make make our lives better. The instrumentation certainly bounces around from being acoustic, pop, folk to experimental with a tinge of tambourine.
Thank God for tracks on this album like "This is Love" and "Dead Alive", they redeem those of us who may not be in the mood for such easy listening or laid-back vocals and instrumentation. One thing is for sure, there is a track on this album that can appeal to different ears who favor different genre's but overall I would rate this album a solid 7 out of 10.
Written by Timea Gaines
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