- reviewed by Andree Farias Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2006 1 Mar
- No More
- If You Ever Fall (Prelude)
- If You Ever Fall
- Safe in You
- Don't Run Away
- Giver of Life
- Because You Loved Me
- Abide in Me
It's been ten years since Jaci Velasquez released her now-classic debut
Like most of its antecessors, the inaugural disc from this 19-year-old from Brownville, Texas, does a good job of capturing the singer's biggest asset: her voice. Her pristine, crystal-clear tone is equal parts Kelly Clarkson, Rachael Lampa, and Velasquez herself, and like those singers at their outset, she prefers to rely on the songwriting strengths of others to best showcase her vocal talent.
That's okay, given that diva-pop is all about performance and aplomb, of which Ana Laura has plenty. Whether showing her Latin blood in the syncopated "Water," rocking out like Clarkson in "Don't Run Away," or soaring in the haunting "If You Ever Fall," the singer knows how to adapt her style to the whims of her producer, who seems to have a deft pulse on what works from a pop perspective.
In a strange marriage of the neo-classical and the contemporary, Ana Laura seems particularly at home during the numbers that combine pop/rock with symphonic undercurrents, like the sweeping "Giver of Life," the aggressive "Sometimes," and the lovely "Completely," all of which ooze with commercial appeal. (We'll ignore her unnecessary reading of Diane Warren's "Because You Loved Me" for now).
Though CCM doesn't make albums like this anymore,