What Wondrous Love Is This: CD
"What Wondrous Love Is This heralds the stylish return of Helen Shapiro with her first Gospel album for more than 12 years. Helen's Jewish roots underpin lyrics which are permeated with worship and reverence, while elements of Gospel, Jazz, Blues, Swing and Samba wrap her ever distinctive voice in a sophisticated surround.
While her songs are soaked in Praise, they are delivered with both power and poise, strength and subtlety, always oozing the kind of class that has earned this celebrated singer such an international reputation.
REVIEW BY PAUL DAVIS, NCM:
A winner in every department! Songs are engaging and memorable compositions, empathy songs - the best songs of all. Highly recommended, this gal is no novice and this album is a beauty! Musically, it is mature and classy coming through with ardor, fortitude and polish. A pop music legend among her peers Helen is a highly motivated mover, a superior song-stylist in the Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Jo Stafford league which is praise indeed! This is a superior devotional P&W project recorded with class and distinction with the creative Jonathan Gooch at the production helm. With the help of solid musicianship, this is a gem of an album that features new and old repertoire set in the contemporary orchestrated worship-context. Many easy-listening sounds meet in a multi-genre fusion. I suspect that Helen's deep faith is the essential reason for this album's existence after a long-time gap in releases. With a soundly believable quality in her forceful crystal-clear voice, she delivers an out-of-the-ordinary, lingering excellence. Don't miss it! PAUL DAVIS"