|Music review: April Olatunji - First Steps|
|Thursday, 12 July 2012 15:29|
Newcastle-Upon-Tyne singer/songwriter April has released her debut album with the help of her husband David and a handful of other contributors in a stripped down collection of laidback acoustic jazz numbers that seek to point people towards God.
Olatunji's voice is undoubtedly the star of the show and the fragile strength of her vocal delivery succeeds in lifting her self-penned songs to another level.
Accompanying herself on electric piano with help from her double bass and cajon-playing husband, Olatunji's evangelical nature is evidenced in the likes of "Which Side Are You On" and "Deeper" whilst tender praise songs such as "Thank You" and "Fall In" communicate a more personal side to her faith.
Stand out tracks include the philosophical "Just About Life" - featuring some gorgeous late night sax from Simon Green - and the abstractly experimental "Waiting For My Love" which suggest that Olatunji is an artist willing to buck musical trends to produce something that is a bit different in order to glorify God.
Reviewed by Lins Honeyman
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This review originally featured on Cross Rhythms: For thousands of reviews, plus music articles, news, radio and shop visit www.crossrhythms.co.uk
|Last Updated on Thursday, 12 July 2012 15:38|
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