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A good start but look for the “time in between” albums
Posted July 30, 2008
By Nathan,


New artist Francesca Battistelli already is starting off nicely. Her First single “letting go” already broke into the top five songs in Christian music and her debut, My Paper Heart, is already turning some heads to this talented songwriter.

Francesca Battistelli is already being accepted by Christian music audiences with her upbeat pop and her piano driven light rock songs. Her uncommon voice will probably distance some people would normally enjoy her style of music as her voice sounds rough in places and at times they are reminiscent of Sarah Kelly. The piano plays a prominent role in the pop rock single “letting go” which has an upbeat tune and some great hooks, but overall it’s nothing spectacular. Her music songs more sophisticated which drifts past regular pop rock to avoid being put into the same genre as Krystal Meyers, and Barlow Girl.

Songs like “free to be me” are not complex but it has a nice beat, and the chorus flows nicely. “Blue sky” has a very retro, very dated sound, which is evocative to ‘80s Christian pop, where the quality was about as good as the Expos. Songs like that and the overly repetitive “forever love” really are not very impressive, but kudos to Francesca Battistelli for making a average song like “someday soon” into more enjoyable tunes with the simple addition of the background piano. Hints of twang are around in the ballad “behind the scenes” among a simple track.

While not fitting in with her peers in music department her lyrics follow a trend of feel-good emotional simple lyrics. Athough Francesca Battistelli celebrates originality of one’s self in Christ (‘But on Your shoulders I can see/I'm free to be me’), discuses depending on God (“letting Go”), and praising God (With everything inside I’ll run to You/‘Cause all that I’ve become I owe to You’ “forever love”) her lyrics are more milk than meat. And while her meaning in “unpredictable” is easily taken (‘Can't put You in a box/Can't keep You safely contained/You're gonna move the way’) but her key phrase ‘unpredictable’ doesn’t line up with Hebrews 13:8.

Think Addison Road when it comes to the lyrics and the music—but without the energy. But to replace that, Francesca Battistelli has passion. With “I’m letting go” being her most ambitious song, it doesn’t make My Paper Heart one of the top albums of the year.

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