- reviewed by Andree Farias Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2008 1 May
- Lay Me Down
- When It's Love
- I Wish
- The Sun Shines Through
- Beautiful Bird
- Two Roads
- As a Child
- Lion and the Lamb
- Most of All
- In These Rooms
In the heyday of Word Records, a mentor and former higher-up at the label told Cindy Morgan that record companies made big, commercial Christian pop albums in order to fund more creative, left-of-center artistic expressions. At that point in her career, Morgan had finally transitioned to the artistic side, leaving behind the bubblegum pop of her first couple of albums in favor of more progressive fare like
Then in 2001, Word restructured corporately, and Morgan—along with her mentor and nearly all the staff under him—was without a home. Undeterred, she continued writing for other artists, including Natalie Grant, Mark Schultz, and Salvador. After five years of doing that, Reunion Records took a chance on the singer/songwriter, but when 2006's Postcards underperformed, Morgan was once again on her own.
That brings us to her independently released
Uninterested in major-label notoriety, Morgan is loving every minute of this new season, calling the shots and making the music she loves while still writing for others.
Beats me, but that's beside the point. In and of itself,
More than ever before, Morgan entertains her country sensibilities, perhaps inspired by the recent success of "How You Live." Complete with slide guitars and pedal steel, "Two Roads" is the most country of the bunch—an upbeat number where Morgan ponders a believer's faith walk from the perspective of daily life choices.
When she's not mining new territory, Morgan is content with writing soaring, glorious pop tunes like the empowering title track, a driving anthem accented by swirling strings and an encouraging lyric about rising above self-perception and others' expectations. If there were any justice in the world, radio would scoop up the irresistible "When It's Love"—an infectious song about finding true, long-lasting love. Even "I Wish" has tremendous potential, not too unlike the pop being produced by starlets like Sara Bareilles, yet steeped in rock-solid Christian songwriting.
"I Wish" is a throwback of sorts to Morgan's
I could go on, but anything more would be blabbering on my part. Following an impressive yet otherwise inconsistent track record,