- reviewed by Andree Farias Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2007 1 Dec
- Coming Up for Air
- All I Need Is Love
- Just Isaac
- Said and Done
- Dear John
- You're Still God
- To Be an Indian
Is the Christian pop guard of the '80s and '90s attempting to make a comeback? Steve Green, Sandy Patti, Kathy Troccoli, Kim Hill, Cheri Keaggy, and others have all experienced a spike in productivity in the past couple of years, even in the face of Christian music's apparent indifference to the legacies of veterans, however big or small they may be.
Now comes the latest from Margaret Becker, and the last time she held an electric guitar on one of her album covers was for 1998's
Back to that electric guitar on the cover. Ever since
It may not
While it's refreshing to hear Becker's killer voice commanding the songs, her artistry is best perceived when she changes gears and goes for a more contemplative, alternative touch. The brilliant "Just Isaac" is a good primer, as a haunting, almost percussive electric guitar carries a lyric about the human tendency to help God fulfill his promises. That ability to pen a well thought-out verse (the eloquent "Surrender," the reflective "To Be an Indian") reminds us why Becker, even at the height of her career, was never just a pretty voice, but a singer/songwriter with substance.