Lead Me On

Lead Me On

by Amy Grant
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Lead Me On

It's not unusual to come away from an Amy Grant album with a feeling of hope and steadfastness in the world around, but, with this release, truly one of her best, Grant makes an unexpected departure. From the first notes of the album's opener, "1974," a song about her discovery of faith, one feels as though Grant has left behind the pop sounds of this album's predecessor, Unguarded, and entered territory more familiar to her Nashville roots. The music is more organic; acoustic guitars play amid mandolins, combined, at times, with their electric cousins, joined with lyrics that possess both wisdom and wondering, while the production gives this fully digital recording the warmth of an LP on a turntable. Although it's hard to single out specific songs from such a solid collection, there are certainly highlights for the listener to savor. The title track sings of a faith that calls for complete trust, while "Shadows" speaks of life choices and being cognizant of one's darker side. "Saved by Love" and "If These Walls Could Speak" are a celebration of family and the ties that bind told in haunting and somewhat melancholic ways, whereas "Faithless Heart," one of the more personal portraits on the album, talks of being drawn away from one's commitment to another in times of trouble, and finding the strength to stay. "All Right," a tune spiced with the flavor of Southern rock, plays as an anthem for the troubled soul in need of fulfillment, while the album's closer, "Say Once More," generates a longing in its lyrics for finding the love of another (not necessarily romantic), and wanting only to be enriched by knowing the person more in life, whether near or far. As much as her fans are used to finding themselves within her music, along with solutions to life's sometimes difficult problems, Grant uses this album to ask the questions, while leaving the answers to a higher power. A stellar outing that received the 1988 Grammy Award for Best Gospel Performance by a Female.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/14/2007
Label: Sparrow
UPC: 0094639679522
catalogNumber: 96795

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Amy Grant   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Donna McElroy   Background Vocals
Michael W. Smith   Keyboards
Randy Stonehill   Background Vocals
Russ Taff   Background Vocals
Bill Champlin   Background Vocals
Gary Chapman   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Dave Perkins   Background Vocals
Chris Eaton   Background Vocals
Keith Thomas   Synclavier
Benmont Tench   Hammond Organ
Mike Brignardello   Bass
Robbie Buchanan   Keyboards
Lenny Castro   Percussion,Tambourine
Diana DeWitt   Background Vocals
Shane Keister   Piano,Keyboards
Keith Edwards   Drums
Chris Harris   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Dann Huff   Guitar,12-string Guitar
Mary Ann Kennedy   Background Vocals
Wayne Kirkpatrick   Background Vocals
Paul Leim   Drums
Carl Marsh   Cymbals,Keyboards
Jerry McPherson   Electric Guitar,Zither
Mark O'Connor   Mandolin,Violin,Viola
Alan Pasqua   Keyboards
Brett Perry   Synclavier
Chris Rodriguez   Background Vocals
Pamela Rose   Background Vocals
Jimmie Lee Sloas   Bass
Carmen Twillie   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Brown Bannister   Producer
Amy Grant   Executive Producer
Gary Chapman   Executive Producer
John Darnall   String Arrangements
David Anderle   Producer,Executive Producer
Jeff Balding   Engineer
Michael Blanton   Executive Producer
Richard Frankel   Art Direction

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Lead Me On 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I was debating on whether to get this new double disc reissue of 'Lead Me On' or pick up a used copy of the single cd for less money and finally decided on getting the deluxe edition. Good decision on my part. The sound is exceptional and the bonus material is terrific. The acoustic versions are like listening to the Amy Grant Unplugged session that never was-- they are beautiful! And the live tracks from the 1989 tour are great as well, and bring back fond memories from when I saw Amy perform at Great Woods in Mansfield, MA that summer. Highly recommended!
Guest More than 1 year ago
There is a reason that this album was at the top of CCM Magazine's 100 All-Time Greatest Albums list. The writing is deep and thoughtful, the vocals are excellent, and the album is timeless. Nearly 13 years after its initial release, it is still my favorite album. This is an essential album for Amy Grant fans, fans of Contemporary Christian music, or any fan of good music in general.
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