The Sweet Life
- reviewed by Russ Breimeier Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2005 1 Sep
- Be Still
- Lay It Down
- The Other Woman
- The Sweet Life (La Dolce Vita)
- You Move Heaven
- Hazel Eyes
- Something About the Rain
- Grieve for You
For those needing a brush-up on their Avalon history, Cherie Adams joined the group in 1998 as Nikki Hassman's replacement, only to part ways after 2002's
Adams has a terrific voice, and though the production isn't first-rate, it's not too shabby for an independent project either; some of the guitar work in particular is quite excellent. Radio single "Water" is the standout, a smart application of Peter walking on the water to our own lives as a reminder to focus on Jesus, set to upbeat pop with an ethnic flavor. Nearly as good is "The Other Woman," which expresses the struggle with sinful nature through AC pop that resembles a funkier Point of Grace.
Because Adams co-wrote eight of the songs, this album is also more personal than the average inspirational pop project. "Hazel Eyes" is a romantic tribute to her husband, while "Funny" serves as a poignant response to the death of Avalon collaborator and friend Grant Cunningham. "Grieve for You" is the dramatic highpoint, fully demonstrating Adams' powerful vocal range in a heartfelt plea to a wayward soul.
Alas, Adams foregoes the opportunity to stretch herself musically, weighing the album down with