- reviewed by Christa Banister Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2006 1 Nov
- Let It Rain
- Fair Weather
- Gypsy Heart
- Lovely Day
- Break Through
- Caelum Infinitum
- Hold on to Jesus
After a five-year hiatus from writing and performing her own music—during which the native Aussie relocated from Nashville to Los Angeles, wrote songs for the likes of Jump 5 and Italian tenor Alessandro Safina, and took correspondence courses in ancient history and literature—Michelle Tumes is back with an exquisitely crafted self-titled disc.
Unlike her foray into the more programmed Euro-pop of 2001's
But even as impressive as that all is, Tumes' lilting voice ends up serving as the album's true centerpiece. On "Caelum Infinitum," it's impossible not to hear the joy in her vocals as she contrasts the everyday and the eternal. Then on the atmospheric strains of "Gypsy Heart," Tumes finds inspiration in ancient biblical texts and classic literature that achingly reflects what it's like to search for meaning outside of God—and to fail again and again in that endeavor.
Of course, a project of this nature doesn't naturally lend itself to radio airplay. But like Enya's popular "Only Time," both "Domine" and "Fair Weather" are catchy enough to stick with listeners for the long haul, yet another highlight on what's ultimately Tumes' best effort yet—from a musical and songwriting perspective.