Indie Artist Shines!| Posted January 21, 2011
An older review, but meaningful when this album had come out:
Wow. That word does little justice to the power of the album "Make A Way" put out by Becki Ryan, courtesy of Eb+Flo Records. From the first song, 'Be the Air,' it was quick to identify her vocals to be similar of big-name Christian Contemporary artists Nichole Nordeman, Natalie Grant, and especially Ginny Owens. Without giving much away, the sound of simple percussion and piano preludes the vocals of the first track, before the simple strumming of an acoustic guitar and harmonies fill the air.
From the liner notes, it can be assumed that the background vocalist Devon Devries is singing along with his significant other in the majority, if not all, the tracks.
Lyrically, there is no doubt, where the focal point of the album points. It is He who is above that is the primary focus in Becki's simple, yet 'goose bumping' music. In the second track, 'Revival,' the words speak of a specific need in this world…revival. Very powerful and strong words indeed. Each song carries its own powerful message.
As mentioned in the beginning, the music behind the lyrics is reminiscent of true creativity. The music does its job in supporting the lyrics, with the proper emphasis and instrumentation brought in at the right times. Each song carefully rolls into another, with no one song overtaking the other. Definitely, a very balanced album goes towards the production value of the album as well. One hopes to see this album played in the mainstream Christian circuit.
This album is highly recommended for those who like and enjoy a softer brand of music, though this album still truly rawks! Pop it in, close your eyes, sit back, and listen to the worshipful music that permeates the air from this very talented artist. We hope to hear more from her soon, and from my perspective, Rawk 'N Review gives Becki Ryan's album, ”Make A Way" 4.5 stars!