You Got My Attention

You Got My Attention

by Dara MacLean
     
 
Christian singer/songwriter Dara Maclean cites The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill as a major influence, which, on her debut album, You Got My Attention, turns out to translate as blue-eyed soul singing, for the most part. Songs like "Suitcases" and "Gratitude" show a

Overview

Christian singer/songwriter Dara Maclean cites The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill as a major influence, which, on her debut album, You Got My Attention, turns out to translate as blue-eyed soul singing, for the most part. Songs like "Suitcases" and "Gratitude" show a little bit of Hill's hip-hop sound, but Maclean more often suggests a fellow Dallas, Texas, resident, Norah Jones, and British neo-soul star Amy Winehouse. The arrangements range from the Motown sound of the title song to acoustic ballads like "Had to Be You," supporting Maclean's supple, expressive voice. As a Christian artist, she belongs to that CCM school that tends to de-emphasize religious specifics. "God," "Jesus," and "Father" do turn up here and there, especially later on the disc, but Maclean prefers euphemistic words like "mercy," "grace," and, especially, "love," as, for instance, in "Unreachable," when she is singing to another person who, she believes, is in fact reachable by faith. More often, she is expressing her own devotion, but in a vocabulary that easily could make the casual listener suppose she was pledging romantic love to an especially worthy boyfriend. ("I'm yours forever, my love," she sings in "Yours Forever.") Complicating this somewhat is the inclusion of "Had to Be You," which really does seem to be about a secular relationship, one sanctioned by heaven, since Maclean continues to sing lyrics more or less similar to those in the religious songs. In any case, her singing is effective and her sentiments doubtless sincere.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/12/2011
Label:
Fervent / Spirit-Led
UPC:
0080688821029
catalogNumber:
888210
Rank:
253567

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dara MacLean   Primary Artist
David Angell   Violin
John Catchings   Cello
David Davidson   Violin
Kris Wilkinson   Viola
Mike Payne   Guitar
Dan Needham   Drums
Tim Lauer   Strings,Keyboards
Ben Phillips   Drums
Ronnie Freeman   Background Vocals
Tony Lucido   Bass
Max Abrams   Saxophone
Drew Ramsey   Guitar
Missi Hale   Background Vocals
Aaron Mortenson   Drums
Jon-Paul Frappiér   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Ian Eskelin   Composer,Producer
Jeremy Bose   Composer
Aaron Shannon   Programming,Engineer
Paul Alan   Composer
Ronnie Freeman   Composer
Marc Lacuesta   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Susan Riley   Executive Producer
Ben Glover   Composer
Shane Tarleton   Art Direction
Kyle Lee   Engineer
Buckley Miller   Engineer
Michael Fordinal   Composer
Richie Fike   Composer
Dara MacLean   Composer

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