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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
A sentence in Mary-Kathryn's press biography reads, "Her recent influences include Enya, Loreena McKennitt, the Afro Celt Sound System, Peter Gabriel, Sting, Seal, and Sarah Brightman." As a listen to her fourth album, Dreams & Visions, confirms, this list is accurate, at least in a musical sense. Mary-Kathryn is part of a long tradition in gospel and contemporary Christian music. CCM's adherents often have made a practice of copying popular musical styles, even including heavy metal, and simply applying religious lyrics to them. There is a stealth aspect to this, of course, as if the religious musicians are trying to sneak their message in with fans of different ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
A sentence in Mary-Kathryn's press biography reads, "Her recent influences include Enya, Loreena McKennitt, the Afro Celt Sound System, Peter Gabriel, Sting, Seal, and Sarah Brightman." As a listen to her fourth album, Dreams & Visions, confirms, this list is accurate, at least in a musical sense. Mary-Kathryn is part of a long tradition in gospel and contemporary Christian music. CCM's adherents often have made a practice of copying popular musical styles, even including heavy metal, and simply applying religious lyrics to them. There is a stealth aspect to this, of course, as if the religious musicians are trying to sneak their message in with fans of different musical styles, and it is, of course, somewhat lacking in originality. But it continues to be tried, and Mary-Kathryn is just one more example. What is unusual about her is her choice of style. She adopts the world music-inflected sound of Gabriel and Sting in particular, although there is plenty of Enya's echoey vocal style as well. Over the ethnic percussion and keyboard burblings, however, the lyrics are standard-issue gospel praise song. For example, as an instrumental musical track, "Glory Forever" may sound like something that could fit on Gabriel's So, but the first verse goes like this: "I worship you and I sing/I give to you everything/With all my heart all my praises to you/Your glory shines like the sun/The lamb of God, righteous one/Bright morning star." Elsewhere in that press biography, Mary-Kathryn is described as "a unique voice in the popular and rapidly-growing 'New Age/New Thought movement.'" She may well be the only artist in CCM copying this particular brand of adult pop, but there isn't anything new in her message; it's as old as the Rock of Ages.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/14/2007
  • Label: RHYTHM HOUSE
  • UPC: 634387719028
  • Catalog Number: 7190

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Incense of Praise (5:24)
  2. 2 You Are There (4:41)
  3. 3 Dreamers (4:18)
  4. 4 Psalm 91 (4:18)
  5. 5 My Father's World (5:54)
  6. 6 In Your Time (6:08)
  7. 7 Flying Toward the Sun (4:33)
  8. 8 Eve of Your Return (4:12)
  9. 9 Wailing Wall (6:31)
  10. 10 Glory Forever (3:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mary-Kathryn Primary Artist
Hugh Marsh Violin
Fergus Marsh Bass, Chapman Stick
David Bunker Background Vocals
Tony Morra Percussion, Drums
Mary Ellen Hooper Background Vocals
Technical Credits
John Elefante Composer
John Mayfield Mastering
Mary-Kathryn Composer, Audio Production
Lawton Outlaw Art Direction
Paul Buono Composer, Audio Production
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    For Dreamers and Visionaries

    A truly inspired New Age / New Thought vocal album with different world music influences. Remarkably well produced. The packaging is outstanding. But the best is Mary-Kathryn's magical and mesmerizing voice that transcends language, culture, color and faith! She sings from the heart with a sacred message from the Spirit, that connects us all...

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