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CD REVIEW: Gina French – “Of Rapture”
By Stacey Board - 08/26/2004 - 07:58 PM EDT

Artist: Gina French
Album: “Of Rapture”
CD Review: Let me make one thing perfectly clear: French has the pipes and the passion to kick butt on any pop diva soulfully warbling out there today. She has great power, range and understanding of dynamics. She is capable of both great strength and tenderness in her singing style.

She also has a great band backing her up. The players assembled here are tight and loose at the same time, all in the right way. They know these songs but they feel them too. They each compliment the songs and give them punch without ever overpowering the melody and song itself. They are a strong undercurrent throughout the CD.

And that brings me to the songs. Many of the songs like “Hard Way” and the exotic and swirling title track “Of Rapture” seem to growl and smolder out of your speakers. Then some like “Spring’s Angel” are truly gently sweet and moving.

OK that’s three things. French has tremendous pipes, a fabulous band and a rapturous collection of songs on “Rapture”. Got it? This is a powerful and highly enjoyable CD from start to finish.

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