It's more than a little unsettling. That moment when you are
digging this debut record by Charity Von, totally grooving
on her soulful, rich vocals
and then you realize, this extraordinary
voice is coming out of the throat of a teenager? A nineteen year-old?
That would be the moment your jaw hits the floor. Charity's voice
is full of incredible depth, her semi-gravelly alto resplendent
with character and emotion.
And hey, these songs aren't bad, either. Coming from the contemporary
Christian side of the spectrum, sometimes I'm left desiring quite
a bit more from the lyrics in otherwise great music. But Charity
doesn't disappoint. These songs are just as easy to enjoy outside
the framework of her faith. No song is preachy, and never does
it feel like her beliefs are being forced down your own throat.
Instead, her songs are highly introspective and tell stories of
her own learning steps in life, as well as in her faith. There
are bigger stories here, more along lines that each of us can
stories of humanity and love and loss.
The music borders Adult Contemporary, but sidesteps the classification
fairly easily at all the right times. Screaming guitar solos ("The
Narrow") and delicately fingerpicked guitars ("I'll
Be") constantly keep the listener's ear coming back to the
music. This is not background music, but instead consistently
pulls the attention back in, focusing on the beauty of the arrangements
that so perfectly complement the deep vocals. "Take Me Through
It" has more of a modern lite R'n'B flavor, with some great
keyboards, crisp drums, and amazingly orchestrated vocal harmonies.
Charity's cover of Collective Soul's "Shine"
is also very nicely done, approaching an amazing song with a fresh
outlook, but staying true to the original feeling of the song.
So, whether you dig great female vocalists, or good songs,
or are looking for music that fits the "safe for my religion"
category, you are certain to find a winner in Charity Von's
debut record. I'm sure we'll be hearing more from this young
lady, and I can safely predict that her future endeavors will
1. Weight Of The World
2. The Narrow
3. I'll Be (The Pleasure's Mine)
4. Take Me Through It
5. In Your Presence
7. You Make It Fine
8. I Believe In Miracles
10. The Message
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