Feel Free

Feel Free

by Carolyn Arends
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Feel Free

Every aspect of Carolyn Arends' second album moves her forward, expanding on the melodic folk-pop of her debut, I Can Hear You. Brown Bannister again appears as producer (with Arends this time sharing co-production credit), and they've toughened up the sound, with tracks like "Do What You Do" taking on elements of mid-'90s power pop. Arends sings with increased assurance, obviously having gained confidence with experience, and the band plays with a professionalism that never becomes bland. The lyrics to Arends' songs on Feel Free are more incisive than on I Can Hear You. For many of these , she sticks to delivering inspirational messages centered on dealing with the challenges of life. For instance, "Feel Free" carries a message of friendship, while "Good Thing Going" concerns the challenges of making a long-term relationship work. Of course, there are praise songs, the best of which is the closer "Father, Thy Will Be Done." Instead of sounding like she's slavishly following in Amy Grant's footsteps -- as she did on her first album -- Arends performs and writes much closer to a CCM version of Aimee Mann's melodic pop. Arends is one of the most promising young talents in the world of CCM; Feel Free doesn't suffer a sophomore slump, demonstrating that both her performing and writing skills continue to grow.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/11/1997
Label: Jive
UPC: 0083061002923
catalogNumber: 10029

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Carolyn Arends   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Phil Madeira   Organ,Guitar,Accordion,Hammond Organ,national steel guitar,Lap Steel Guitar,Wurlitzer
Eric Darken   Percussion,Chimes,Bass Drums,Glockenspiel,Shaker
Steve Bishir   Hi Hat
George Cocchini   Electric Guitar
Todd Collins   Drum Loop
Gordon Kennedy   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Blair Masters   Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Dave Olson   Bass
Jimmie Lee Sloas   Bass,Background Vocals
Molly Felder   Background Vocals
John Painter   Electric Guitar
Spencer Capier   Violin,Electric Guitar,Vocals,wah wah guitar,Wah Wah Violin
Tim Holt   Shaker

Technical Credits

Brown Bannister   Producer,Engineer
Steve Bishir   Engineer,Contributor
Todd Collins   Programming,Loop
Biff Vincent   Overdub Assistant
Carolyn Arends   Producer
Hank Nirider   Engineer
Diana Lussenden   Art Direction
Andy Bowmer   Engineer

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Feel Free 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent sophomore offering from Canada's best singer/songwriter! This album contains my favorite song ever: ''Do We Dare.'' Here is a sample of the lyrics from that song: ''We are battered and torn from the day we are born/in a world that has blinded and bound us/is it any surprise we don't open our eyes/to the truth that's disguised all around us?'' -Wow!- Carolyn Arends continues to blow me away with her lyrical insights and deep, beautiful faith. Buy this album if you long for Christian music that isn't insipid or mind-numbing (I'm thinking of True Vibe and Avalon here). Then, buy all of Carolyn's other albums (from bn.com, of course).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago