by Audrey Assad



Channeling the classic singer/songwriter pop of the '70s and the introspective coffeehouse fare of the mid-'90s, contemporary Christian vocalist Audrey Assad's second album, Heart, is a much more organic affair than her Dove Award-nominated debut. Its 12 tracks may share the same producer as 2010's The House You're Building in the shape of Marshall Altman (Natasha Bedingfield, Kate Voegele), but other than the driving soft rock of "Even the Winter" and "Won Me Over," and the quirky synths on "No Turning Back," the New Jersey native adopts a gorgeously understated and stripped-back approach that allows her fragile ethereal vocals to take center stage, whether it's the warm Carole King-inspired soul-pop of "The Way You Move," the piano-led melancholy of "Lament," or the slow-burning torch song "O My Soul." The skittering percussion on opener "Blessed Are the Ones," an honest look at the challenges of newlywed life, and the harmony-laden "Wherever You Go" helps to provide a bit of backbone to the delicate acoustics, as does the brave cover of "His Eye Is on the Sparrow," which turns the gospel hymn into a Sarah McLachlan-esque slice of dreamy pop. And while a series of unremarkable ballads toward the end sees Assad drift into autopilot, the appropriately titled Heart is, on the whole, an impassioned and sincere affair worthy of joining recent efforts from Ingrid Michaelson and Sara Bareilles in the same new Lilith Fair stable.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/14/2012
Label: Sparrow
UPC: 5099960707123
catalogNumber: 07071

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Audrey Assad   Primary Artist,Piano,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,fender rhodes,Finger Snapping
Mike Payne   Electric Guitar
Marshall Altman   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,Finger Snapping
Ken Lewis   Drums
Tony Lucido   Bass
Adam Shoenfeld   Guitar
Jeremy Lutito   Guitar

Technical Credits

Bryan Myers   Booking
Bob Roman   Illustrations
Derek Webb   Composer
Marshall Altman   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,drum programming,Vocal Engineer
Jan Cook   Art Direction
Matt Maher   Composer
Ben Glover   Composer
Pete Kipley   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Sandra McCracken   Composer
Craig Alvin   Engineer
Mia Fieldes   Composer
Kyle Lee   Composer
Bryan Brown   Composer
Audrey Assad   Arranger,Composer
Christopher Stevens   Composer
Eric Robinson   Engineer
Tony Johnsen   Booking
Kat Davis   Management
William Price   Art Direction

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Heart 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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