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Storm
     

Storm

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by Fernando Ortega
 
Fernando Ortega joins an increasingly influential club of Christian music neo-folkies (think Chris Rice, Sara Groves, and Shawn Groves) who are known for blending poignant lyrics with iridescent melodies. Ortega's compositions are often hauntingly beautiful, and like Rich Mullins before him, Ortega has a knack for imbuing his music with a sense of place. Storm

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Fernando Ortega joins an increasingly influential club of Christian music neo-folkies (think Chris Rice, Sara Groves, and Shawn Groves) who are known for blending poignant lyrics with iridescent melodies. Ortega's compositions are often hauntingly beautiful, and like Rich Mullins before him, Ortega has a knack for imbuing his music with a sense of place. Storm's various musical influences range from Celtic to Latin to medieval, making this an interesting journey, indeed. The road is at times burdensome, as on the mournful "Come Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy," a duet with Amy Grant. Grant's vocal contribution seems wasted here; better are lighter tracks such as "Traveler" and "This Time Next Year," both of which are classic Ortega: soothing vocals, gentle guitar strings, and a prayerful message. Like Ortega's two previous releases, Storm is a mellow, contemplative affair, the perfect soundtrack for a quiet, meditative afternoon.

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All Music Guide
With the release of his 2002 album Storm, singer/songwriter Fernando Ortega dons the many hats of storyteller, worship leader, and poet. He carefully weaves artistic strokes of musical excellence with tender, and at times sorrowful, lyrical expressions. This is very much a project containing an "old world" feel; Ortega's folk style depends on the balanced combination of acoustic guitar and piano, flavored with the sound of traditional hymns and Spanish influences. While his style differs from that of Twila Paris, both artists can be pointed to as sustainers and creators of modern-day hymns. On Storm, Ortega includes his own arrangements of traditional pieces such as "Come Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy," a duet with labelmate Amy Grant, and a new song, "Sing to Jesus." Also included is the track "Traveler," a song in which Ortega sings, "Heavenly Father/Remember the traveler/Bring us safely home." The track seems appropriate in the early stages of 2002, a year in which traveling carries heightened risks and anxiety. Overall, Storm is a retelling of a classic yet timeless tale. It is a reminder of the hope and redemption that many find in Jesus Christ. ~ Ashleigh Kittle, All Music Guide

Product Details

Release Date:
02/05/2002
Label:
Word Entertainment
UPC:
0080688610920
catalogNumber:
886109

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Storm 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This music is a wonderful example of how beautiful music and inspirational words artisticly combined can lift the spirit and take you to a higher level of worship. The music is well worth the cost of the album!