Love Like This
- reviewed by Andree Farias Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2008 1 Sep
- Love Like This
- One Day
- Love Can't Wait
- Take Me There
- Because of You
- New Beginnings
- Refine Me
More than any other newcomer in 2006, Ayiesha Woods displayed the qualities of a seasoned pro on her genre-stretching debut, which earned an honorable mention in our best albums list of 2006, as well as our best new artists list that year. The album set such a high precedent that the singer's follow-up doesn't quite live up to it. But make no mistake:
A stylistic bohemian, Woods continues to stretch urban pop to places the Christian music scene rarely dares visit—dabbling in pop/rock, acoustic pop, alternative pop, and pop-soul…sometimes in the course of the same song. If you hadn't noticed, the common denominator in all of those shifts is the pop factor, which Woods is unafraid to embrace and make her own.
This knack for accessibility renders
When not doing the pop thing, Woods gets inventive, but not necessarily eccentric. "Love Can't Wait" kicks off as an alt-urban piece, only to explode into a powerful pop/rock refrain. The buzzed-out "Alive" is next, a waltz-like song that sounds like a leftover from the last Usher album. Then there's the jazzy and swirling "Take Me There," an earnest conversation with God underscored by winsome string and brass sections.
There's no denying Woods excels at keeping things assorted and fresh, but she's inexplicably lost something in the process. It's almost imperceptible, but she's given the short end of the stick to her
Thankfully, Woods still remains true to herself by delivering a sophomore effort that continues to assert her as one of the most eclectic performers in all of Christian music.