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Barnes & Noble - Lisa Zhito
Though she was all dressed up to be Christian music's newest pop diva, Natalie Grant's 1999 debut ended up going nowhere -- forcing Grant out of the spotlight to rethink her career goals. Now back with a new label, a new producer, and a beefier collection of songs, Grant does indeed appear to be Strongerthan before -- and just as ambitious. A collection of glossy, well-produced pop, Stronger gets its muscle from Top-40-ready grooves and Grant's convincing delivery as she sings songs that explore the idea that God is our strength. When those elements coalesce on up-tempo numbers like "Don't Wanna Make a Move" and "Anything," the results are pretty irresistible. But when ...
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Barnes & Noble - Lisa Zhito
Though she was all dressed up to be Christian music's newest pop diva, Natalie Grant's 1999 debut ended up going nowhere -- forcing Grant out of the spotlight to rethink her career goals. Now back with a new label, a new producer, and a beefier collection of songs, Grant does indeed appear to be Strongerthan before -- and just as ambitious. A collection of glossy, well-produced pop, Stronger gets its muscle from Top-40-ready grooves and Grant's convincing delivery as she sings songs that explore the idea that God is our strength. When those elements coalesce on up-tempo numbers like "Don't Wanna Make a Move" and "Anything," the results are pretty irresistible. But when she stretches her upper register to the breaking point with Mariah Carey-style acrobatics -- something her voice isn't designed to do -- things feel overwrought. Her best power ballad here is a lovely duet with boy group Plus One called "Whenever You Need Somebody." With five guys giving some bottom to Grant's sweet soprano, this tender ballad is able to soar into the power pop stratosphere -- something Grant may be hoping to do herself.
All Music Guide - Bradley Torreano
Natalie Grant's Stronger is one of the rarest treasures in Christian music: an original album that has a distinct voice and style. With so many CCM pop stars making decent but faceless music, it is a relief to see that there are still albums like this floating around. With a powerhouse voice and top-notch songwriters, Grant brings to mind a wholesome Britney Spears at some points and a spiritual Faith Hill at others. In fact, it is pretty weird to hear what would ordinarily be typical radio pop filled with lyrics about Christian topics and ideologies. But it works; in fact, it works very well. This is one of the freshest approaches to this genre in quite a while, bringing to mind Amy Grant's groundbreaking Heart in Motion. Much like the other Grant, Natalie Grant puts her emphasis on the hooks, something that most CCM artists put in a distant second behind their message. Because of this, she not only gets her message across, but gets it across using music that anyone could get into. This is a very good album that points to the direction that CCM has the potential to go in. Despite the stigma that the genre has with mainstream audiences, any fan of solid pop music should at least give this a chance.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/26/2002
  • Label: Curb Mod Afw
  • UPC: 715187873421
  • Catalog Number: 78734
  • Sales rank: 202,801

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Natalie Grant Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Eric Darken Percussion
Andy Cichon Bass
Dave Cleveland Guitar
John Elefante Background Vocals
Terrence Elliot Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Carl Gorodetzky Concert Master
The Nashville String Machine Strings
Dan Petty Guitar
Tim Pierce Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Reed Vertelney Background Vocals
Eric Foster White Keyboards
Michael Hart Thompson Electric Guitar
Terence Elliott Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Dan Needham Drums
Tedd T. Guitar
Bernie Herms Piano
David Hamilton Conductor
Bernie Barlow Background Vocals
Angel Cruz Background Vocals
Plus One Vocals, Guest Appearance
Aaron Featherstone Guitar
Windy Wagner Background Vocals
Matt Pierson Bass
Technical Credits
Tim Heintz Programming
Danny Duncan Programming
Niko Bolas Engineer
Dino Elefante Producer
John Elefante Producer
Gary Lindsay Orchestration
Steve Marcantonio Engineer
J.R. McNeely Engineer
David Schober Engineer
Phil Sillas Arranger, Programming, Producer, Digital Editing
Ralph Stover Producer, Engineer, Digital Editing
Reed Vertelney Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Eric Foster White Arranger, Producer, Engineer, String Arrangements, drum programming
Jerry Yoder Digital Editing
Dan Needham Programming
Tom Coyne Mastering
Tedd T. Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Bernie Herms Arranger, Programming, Producer
David Hamilton String Arrangements, String Conductor
Linda Thompson-Jenner Composer
Adam Kagan Engineer
Melissa Mattey Engineer
Natalie Grant Liner Notes
Marty Christensen Engineer
Mitchell Solarek Executive Producer
Aaron Featherstone String Arrangements
Brandon Duncan Engineer
Hank Williams Mastering
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