- reviewed by Christa Banister Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2005 1 Sep
- I Believe
- Perfect Love
- Love Colored Glasses
- Holding to Hope
- Love Me Still
- So Much Good
- Made for a Mission
While St. Paul, Minnesota native Nikki Chapin Frizzell declares on her opening track that "I'm not much of a poet, but I'm gonna say it/I'm not much of a harpist, but I'm gonna play it … I'm not much of a writer, but I'm gonna pen it," she doesn't seem to be going for the whole charming, self-deprecating demeanor just to endear herself to listeners. Instead, listeners can't help but get the sense that this wife and mother has something to say, and that she's willing to use any means to get the message across. And for Frizzell, that medium just happens to be her music.
But thankfully for those taking the time to listen, Frizzell has plenty of musical aptitude, particularly with her poetic songwriting style (most evident on the lovingly crafted "Pretty" and plaintive closer "Angel") and a pleasant, but not always perfect, voice that's almost childlike a la Ginny Owens and sometimes raspy like Susan Ashton.
Helping her make the most of what she's got on
As for the songs themselves, sonic variety is the order of the day—whether it's the happy-go-lucky strumming and buoyant organ on "I Believe," the mellow piano-driven strains of "Perfect Love," or the more melancholy look at sin and temptation on "Love Me Still." It's this constant variation in mood and tempo that prevents the album from becoming just another subpar entry into the inspirational pop field. Instead, Frizzell is willing to embrace a more progressive, rootsy style as well that's similar to the much-buzzed-about new mainstream artist, KT Tunstall.
Inspired by reading Rick Warren's
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