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(03 September 2000) Chuck Nelson's various artist compilation One
(Word Entertainment (USA) 080688603427, 2000) has been produced to support
World Youth Day. The album cover is linked to the official site (but the
server is frequently overloaded). Israel Button wrote,"Initiated by Pope
John Paul II in 1985, by the year 2000, World Youth Day draws approximately
two million youth to Rome, Italy. The purpose of World Youth Day is to answer
the call for Christian unity, and build up the relationship between youth
and the church. Word Records has partnered with the Vatican's World Youth
Day committee to help with entertainment and promotion for the event. This
compilation disc is a first step in the process, featuring songs that explore
issues of unity with Christ and with others."
Both male and female vocalists are featured. Twelve tracks by a broad
selection of secular recording artists spans an equally vast spectrum of
Christian contemporary styles. The CD features selections by an all star
lineup including: Rachael Lampa, Aaron Neville, Sixpence None the Richer,
Máire Brennan, Booley, Winans Phase 2, Burlap to Cashmere, Jaci Valasquez,
Gabriel's Harp, A Ragamuffin Band, Cindy Morgan, Luis Fonsi and Salvador.
The song "Emmanuel" is the official theme song of the World Youth Day 2000;
two versions are included within the album—one entirely in English and
the other in Italian, Spanish, French and Portuguese (we think!). Both
are sweetly sung tender ballads led by male and supported by female
We most enjoyed the contemporary rocking tune "Heart Of Every Man"
by Gabriel's Harp. Sweetly sung female backing vocals contrast the male
lead and instrumentals perfectly. The pop rock tune "Love" is a moving
remix by Sixpence None The Richer dominated by electric guitar. Leigh
Nash's sweetly sung vocal part is especially enjoyable; vocalise in
the orchestrally arranged chorus demonstrates her true virtuosity.
The album's token Celtic-oriented track is a classic Máire Brennan
ballad with a lovely calling whistle part entitled "Peace Has Broken
Out." Her stunning performance illustrates why she is one of the top
Irish female singers today (review).
Salvador's "Ain't It Good" is one of the album's Latin tunes. They have a
great brass section which contrasts well with the song's keyboard parts.
"Basic Instructions" by Burlap To Cashmere also has a latin flavour—an
upbeat track, it works quite well. The rhythm and texture of A
Ragamuffin Band's "Il Tuo Strumento" is quite Brazilian especially
with the symphonic instrumental arrangements. The album's only
R&B-oriented tune is "It's Alright" by Winans Phase 2.
Tender ballads include Rachael Lampa's emotional "There Is Still A
Dream" performed with Aaaron Neville and the highly evocative and
sweetly sung "With Me" by Jaci Velasquez. "The Last Supper" is a ballad
performed as a duet by Cindy Morgan and Luis Fonsi to light accompaniment,
primarily provided by acoustic guitar. Morgan is a wonderful vocalist
with a sweet and sensitive voice; we'd certainly like to hear some more
of her music.
You can find further reviews, listen to sound samples and order One
here. Clearly with the tracks spanning a vast range of styles and
featuring contributions from some excellent performing artists the album
is worth further exploration. Check out the online samples and let us
know if you agree. We think it's a very nice listen!