Beautiful songs sure to bring peace to any spirit
On her album Whisper, Genie includes lush arrangements of well-known Christian texts, plus a few other well-loved pieces to delight any listener. The synthesizer is prevalent in this recording, but is never overdone or overstated. It adds lushness to each piece, but as always, the focal point is Genie’s beautiful voice, which is as sweet as birdsong, delicate as flower petals, and as gentle as freshly fallen snowflakes. These songs are subtle, spiritual and deeply serene.
The album opens with “Shalom”, a beautiful lushly orchestrated piece that will sooth any spirit. Another version of “Shalom” appears on Genie’s Higher Than the Heavens album.
Following this is Genie’s beautiful arrangement of “The Lord’s Prayer”, which begins as a delicate whisper, but eventually crescendos to a glorious passionate climax. “Beatitudes” is wonderfully gentle, and again, is beautifully arranged. “All Creatures Of Our God And King” is delightful, and will have you singing along with the flowing lyrics before the end of the first listen. “Be Still And Know” is lullaby like in its beauty, while “Doxology” is simple and sublime.
“God Is Watching Over You” is deeply lovely, and features Genie’s beautiful piano. “Be Thou My Vision” is a beautiful song period, but Genie’s vocal here adds a sweet innocence rarely heard. The Welsh piece “All Through The Night” is a fabulous edition to this gentle project, and Genie’s version of “It Is Well with My Soul” is soft, sweet and very special. Given the story behind the song, (and if you don’t know it you might want to look it up), I’ve always found this song to be achingly sad though triumphant. Genie’s version has none of the sadness I’ve come to associate with the song, and is a wonderful listen.
“Dancing With The Angels” is a personal favorite of mine. Genie’s beautiful vocal blends effortlessly with the flowing guitar. This piece has a touch of Renaissance flavor, and a bit of a Celtic spin as well. Truly Heaven sent.
The version of “Silent Night” found here is perfect for any time of year, and could easily be used to drift one off to sleep. The closing song, “I Am So Small”, again features guitar, and as always, Genie’s gentle vocals. Another version of this piece can be found on Higher Than The Heavens.
The album ends with six tracks without vocals, perfect for calming the mind and relaxing the body. “Peace” and “Rest” are lovely pieces featuring synthesizer, while the final four tracks, “Gentle”, “Sleep”, “Calm” and “Quiet”, consist of soothing rain and soft thunder. A beautiful ending to a wonderful album.
Whisper is an album sure to gladden the heart, relax the mind and bring solace to the spirit. Yet another beautiful recording from this very talented artist. Highly recommended!