- reviewed by Russ Breimeier Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2004 1 Aug
- Jacob's Well
- Not You Again
- Anything & Everything
- Crazy in Love
- All That I Believe In
- The Spirit in Me
- Better Place
After five years and four albums worth of strong music sales and acclaim, all three members of Selah are taking a crack at solo projects.
Sponberg's tastes lean towards AC pop/rock with soulful R&B undertones. With her powerful and husky vocal, she often sounds like classic Margaret Becker or the latest audition for Avalon; in "Better Place," she almost eerily mimics the vocal quartet via overdubbed harmonies. Other songs like "Safe" and "Anything & Everything" tread familiar ground in Christian pop, recalling the likes of Kathy Troccoli, Lisa Bevill, and Bonnie Keen.
The weakest songs are at least fair, whereas the best tracks are breathtaking. Sponberg is capable of striking that fine balance between power and fragility, evident in the music of Annie Lennox and George Michael. In fact, the resemblance to Lennox is uncanny in songs like "Jacob's Well" and "Crazy in Love." Upbeat "Not You Again" is an aggressive and feisty rebuke of recurring sin, and "All That I Believe In" could well be the year's most dramatic mega-power ballad, oozing with strength and conviction.