Transform

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Barnes & Noble - Lisa Zhito
Fresh from her Grammy-winning release Pray, Rebecca St. James issues yet another bold testament of faith with Transform. It's the 23-year-old Australian singer's fifth release and it shows her continuing to explore new territory, this time dipping into techno and electronica along with her customary rock sounds. First single "Don't Worry" is a sunny and infectious piece of Brit-pop written by St. James and co-producer Matt Bronlewee producer of Jars of Clay and Natalie Imbruglia, and it's the perfect introduction to Transform. While much of St. James' previous work has leaned towards the dark "God" was a snarling and dramatic piece of work, Transform is considerably ...
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Barnes & Noble - Lisa Zhito
Fresh from her Grammy-winning release Pray, Rebecca St. James issues yet another bold testament of faith with Transform. It's the 23-year-old Australian singer's fifth release and it shows her continuing to explore new territory, this time dipping into techno and electronica along with her customary rock sounds. First single "Don't Worry" is a sunny and infectious piece of Brit-pop written by St. James and co-producer Matt Bronlewee producer of Jars of Clay and Natalie Imbruglia, and it's the perfect introduction to Transform. While much of St. James' previous work has leaned towards the dark "God" was a snarling and dramatic piece of work, Transform is considerably brighter. St. James still explores issues of sin, as she does here on "Merciful," but there's plenty of attention paid to redemption and grace as well.
All Music Guide - Steven Douglas Losey
Recording her first album at age 16, Rebecca St. James is no stranger to contagious pop melodies. At 23, St. James released her fifth recording entitled Transform. The disc's opener is a monumental one courtesy of the London Symphony Orchestra. "For the Love of God" boasts an immense string section that gradually gives way to a driving rock rhythm. "Reborn" is a techno, dance groove that's powered by a wall of churning synths. "One" is alterna-funk to the max. The tune's backbeat is akin to "Black Cat" by Janet Jackson, while the lyrics denote spiritual togetherness: "Don't make no difference, where were coming from, we believe in the Son, and that's what makes us one." The only difference in the two tunes is Jackson's has a hot, distorted lead guitar break while "One" utilizes a more subdued Spanish guitar riff. "Wait for Me" is a plea for sexual purity. St. James wrote the cut for her future husband whomever he may be. The song has a graceful hook that accentuates her truthful lyrics. "All Around Me" is the disc's most potent rocker. The cut was co-written by Pete Stewart, who also offers guitar contributions on the tune. The song harkens back to earlier St. James stylings from her God release. Transform has textured production, Top 40 resonance, and inspiring lyrics.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/24/2000
  • Label: Forefront
  • UPC: 724382525127
  • Catalog Number: 25251

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (0:52)
  2. 2 For the Love of God (4:37)
  3. 3 Reborn (3:59)
  4. 4 Don't Worry (3:37)
  5. 5 Merciful (5:00)
  6. 6 One (4:37)
  7. 7 Universe (5:00)
  8. 8 Wait for Me (4:40)
  9. 9 In Me (4:14)
  10. 10 Lean On (3:38)
  11. 11 All Around Me (3:41)
  12. 12 Stand (4:36)
  13. 13 My Hope (4:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rebecca St. James Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
James Gregory Bass
Bob Halligan Acoustic Guitar
Dale Baker Drums
Gary Burnette Guitar
John Catchings Cello
Dennis Holt Drums
Dann Huff Guitar
The London Session Orchestra Strings
Chris McHugh Drums
Jerry McPherson Guitar
Brent Milligan Bass, Cello, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar
Joe Porter Drums
Jackie Street Bass
Tim Akers Keyboards
Dan Needham Bass, Drums
Otto Price Bass
Oran Thornton Guitar
Matt Bronleewe Guitar
Pete Stewart Guitar
Jeremy Bose Keyboards
Love Sponge String Quartet Strings
Tasia Tjornhom Background Vocals
Pete Kipley Guitar
Dave Larring Guitar
Jacob Lawson Strings
Technical Credits
Jeff Balding Engineer
John Catchings String Arrangements
Eddie DeGarmo Executive Producer
Dann Huff Producer
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Tedd T. Programming
Matt Bronleewe Programming, Producer
Jeremy Bose String Arrangements
David Bach Executive Producer
Tedd Tjornholm Arranger, Programming, Producer
Ted T. Programming, Producer
Shawn Simpson Digital Editing
Damon Riley Arranger, Programming
Pete Kipley Programming, Producer
Steve Hartley Executive Producer
Skye McCaskey Engineer
Susannah Parrish Art Direction
Dan Huff Producer
Matt Brownlewee Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Transform = Contemporary Christian Encouragement

    Transform explores the activities of visceral appropriationists, audio voyeurs and activists including Jars of Clay, Michael W. Wmith and Carman. St. James unremitting montage obfuscates the borders between looking at an image and taking possession of it. Lyrical references to Finis Dake's Annotated Study Bible, interviews with Bono and a veritiable sound collage overlap each other in a richly textured mass of sensory excitablity, leaving endless possibilities of subversion for Dake-Bonoists world-wide.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful CD!!!!

    Rebecca did a wonderful job on this CD. I loved the rythym and the words. My favs were Reborn and Wait For Me. I liked them all except I didn't care for Merciful. I would definitley encourage you to buy this CD and other one's by Rebecca St. James!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A 12 year old girl who loves Rebecca St. James' music!

    I love this CD! Rebecca St. James is a really great singer! Also, I just love her accent! I listen to 'Transform' almost every day! God Bless you, Rebecca! I will have to get more of your albums!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    RSJ is awesome!

    Here music is just great! I do not like ''slow'' songs, but her slow stuff is not without flare, such as ''Wait for Me'' which is my fav, or ''Merciful'' which is beautiful. I also love ''Stand,'' and ''Universe'' but to be honest I love them all! Just buy it, it will make you smile, I promise!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great CD full of energy!

    This is an awesome CD. Not only is it inspirational, but the beat is absolutely contagious. The rhythm is so good, I use it as my work-out music, again and again!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This CD is HOT!!!!!!!!!

    I love this CD. My dad bought this CD for me. I really like Rebecca's new sound and style. The track I love the most is the one she wrote to her future husband called Wait For Me! It is a great CD. I highly recommend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    *****

    TRANSFORM is an amazing cd. written mostly by Rebecca St James and produced by Matt Bronleewe (natalie imbruglia). this cd is a great mix of pop, rock and the london symphony orchestra. to me the most stand-out tracks are UNIVERSE and WAIT FOR ME. on Rebecca's 5th release she's proving to be one of the most talented artists of all time. and after winning a grammy this year, it's hard to argue with that.

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