Enter into His Gates
Artist: Helen Shapiro
Label: ICC (UK)
Helen Shapiro is a name that some may remember from the 1960s, but
this album is a far cry from 60's pop music. Instead, it has a very
strong Israeli folk feel (probably due to Helen Shapiro being a Messianic
Jew) and is packed with worship songs. The melodies are fast, with
some woodwind brought in by Mike Haughton (of Iona) and a violin by Paul
Heyman. Helen Shapiro has a rich voice, mainly at the lower end of
the female range. The production hand is a little heavy for me (I
like my folk music a little more organic) but is handled well overall.
The tracks are made up of medleys of worship songs in a mixture
of English and Hebrew, including some well-known numbers ("O Give Thanks,"
"And Can It Be"). The production gives this a very easy-listening
feel, and while there is nothing very new, there is obviously a fair bit
of talent represented on the disc.
By James Stewart