Wide-spread appeal. Some artists strive for it, others talk about it, but Grace has it. Her debut self-titled album has the complex songs and the simple ones; the melancholy and the rhythm of multiple genres. And put together, it makes for an album that has potential to take Grace far.
The album leans towards the slower side of the spectrum, with the middle area home to most of the up-beat songs; emphasis on “beat.” Make no mistake about where the beat originates. The percussion takes responsibility here, and gives tracks like “One Good Thang” and especially “Grace’s Faith” (based on Hebrews 11:1-2) a steady and pronounced tempo.
Song four, “Never,” wonderfully mixes a gospel and jazz feel in a song that utilizes flowing saxophone and a subtle organ background. But the musical talent can be most realized in the slower songs.
Not only are the vocals strong, but have much variety. Grace gives different feels in different songs, but maintains her heart-felt and honest air throughout. She seems to have fun with the faster songs, but really displays control and ability when she slows down.
The high quality of music is matched with the recording and mastering that makes for an extremely high quality work. This emphasizes the lyrics which can be described with one word: Positive. This is an album of inspiration. With raw talent, a message from a Generation Xer to others, and sincerity, most will find something to like about Grace’s first release.
Jeremy Fry is on the Good News, Etc. staff. He will periodically review music albums, selecting locally produced music first.