The Heavy and the Holy
- reviewed by Christa Banister Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2006 1 Jul
- Two Sides of Me (The Heavy and the Holy)
- Bulletproof Girl
- Pent Up
- All That I Want
- He Got Me Through
- What I Didn't Say
- The Old Rugged Cross
- In Jesus' Name
- I Surrender All
- Sit With Me Awhile
- Two Sides of Me (Orchestral Mix)
Nineteen-year-old Kristyn Leigh has something in common with the likes of Superman, Spiderman, and Batman. While she doesn't possess any superpowers (that we know of, anyway), she does understand the whole dual personality dilemma.
"I have always been different," Leigh says. "I love to sing the old hymns of the church, but at the same time I love to rock out wearing a long pink skirt. I finally realized that is exactly what God wants me to do. He wants my praise, but at the same time he wants me to take his message of love to a hurting world of people. And he wants me to do that being myself."
"A lot of people assume since I am a Christian that I can't be hurt," she says. "I get hurt a lot! But I have faith that's been instilled in me from an early age. I can fall on that and deal."
Also providing a relatable message for her peers is "Invisible," a rock ballad that explores the all-too-common dilemma of feeling unnoticed. While the topic could easily lend itself to familiar platitudes, Leigh manages to avoid those with sharp lyrical observations and a passionate vocal performance.
Less successful, however, is her foray into pop/punk territory. While "Pent Up" certainly has an important message of standing up for what you believe in, Leigh's voice doesn't suit the material as well. While she certainly can do the rock vocal thing, the punk thing just doesn't sound as natural, making her sound more like a poseur.
But aside from that small misstep, Leigh definitely has a good thing going here, especially on her soulful rendition of "The Old Rugged Cross," a delightful curve ball in a mostly issues-oriented set.
For more information, check out www.kristynleigh.com.
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