- reviewed by Will Banister Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2005 1 Sep
- Slip Away
- Have Your Way
- I Can Just
- Lift Me
- My Hand
- Stop Living
- Or So They Say
- Entire Heart
Rachael Petit was inspired in her early teens after discovering there were young artists like Michelle Branch who not only sang well, but also wrote their own music and played guitar. Just a few years later, the 17-year-old now plays coffee shops and churches across her home state of Florida.
In a pop/rock world that often puts swagger over substance, Petit rises above the fray with her well-produced debut,
Her songwriting style is confessional, as if you had stumbled across her sand-strewn diary on a beach in the Sunshine State. As evidenced by "Fall," the words are poetic but simple, without trying to overly impress: "Another sleepless night my mind is running free/Start to think of all You've done for me/Consumed in this life where I feel undone/Stuck at a standstill with nowhere left to run."
But her poems are also her dilemma; confessional verse doesn't always translate into well-crafted pop. Poems are for the eye, songs are for the ear—the best writing balances the two. As such, Petit's songs are good but not yet stellar, lacking the snap, crackle, and pop that send listeners into the stratosphere.
Petit still has the potential to improve with time—something she's had plenty of in recent months after recuperating from a violent car accident. But she says it's been a blessing in disguise: "It's inspired me to write [more]. I've found that I can pull the energy from this experience and apply it to my work."
Sounds like we can expect a more mature and intimate follow-up to
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