Artist: Sarah Brendel
Label: Inpop Records
Length: 11 tracks 38:03
You may not hear a sweeter
invitation to accept Christ as your savior this year than is extended by
Sarah Brendel as she sings "King I Love" on her North American debut self
titled album. "King I Love," a song penned by Brendel and John Schluter
is a melodic pop tune with memorable hooks that lay out in 3:41 who Jesus
Christ is, why he came to earth, the gift that he imparts and points us
forward to his return. It may be difficult to argue this is a worship song
but if I had a vote I would nominate "King I Love" for the top worship
song of the year when the Dove nominations roll around again. The lyrics
speak to the essence of worshipping our King.
Produced and engineered
by Udo Rinklin this CD demonstrates great song selection, wonderful arrangements
and plays to the versatility of Brendelís voice. When you come face to
face with a fresh new sound and a talented musician like Sarah Brendel
you are hesitant to make comparisons yet music mongers everywhere clamor
for them so I will try. On her more pop driven tunes she reminds
you of Lisa Loeb. On her stronger rock beats such as "Fire" she sings with
the same kind of passion we have come to associate with Rebecca St James.
The number one track Commodity rocks with the best that fellow label mates
Superchic[k] can offer up.
Still in her twenties Brendel
is already a seasoned veteran on the mainstream charts in her native Germany
scoring a top ten hit with "Sign of the Times" and her top of the
charts "Du Bist Nicht Allein" which reigned for more than twenty weeks.
Her music has also been featured on TV and in film.
I guarantee you will be
singing along to "Turn," "King I Love," and "Breathing In." Lyrically these
songs are not sugar coated as so many are todayafraid to offend or
tread too heavily upon turf occupied by the fringe church goer. This carefully
created masterpiece leaves no doubt where songwriters Brendel, Schluter
and Rinklin stand. If you want to buy a CD that is sure to be enjoyed by
those who like a soft rock or pop sound that is original and fresh while
presenting them with a sonic gospel message than do someone a favor by
giving them Sarah Brendel, the CD.
Brendel may be the most
talented singer to come out of Germany since new wave / punk diva Nina
Hagen in the late seventies and mid eighties. Take a bow Sarah you have
already conquered Germany, America welcomes you with open arms.
By Joe Montague, exclusive
Joe Montague is an internationally
published journalist / photographer. His ministry is dedicated to the memory
of his late son Kent David Montague who went to heaven at the age of 18.
All copyright and distribution rights remain the property of Joe Montague.