Christine D’Clario, who has captured the hearts of Spanish language worshipers, is set to expand her musical following with her first album recorded both in Spanish and English: Deeper (Mas Profundo). The album kicks off with thejoyful congregation-ready “Reign,” on a project that reflects American/Brit pop with shades of rock—and even a sprinkling of folk sensibilities—all overseen by veteran producer/drummer Paul Mabury. D’Clario has paired up with some accomplished songwriters including Mabury, Leslie Jordan, Don Pythress, Andy Squyres, Richie Fike, among others, to co-write five new songs for the CD. Of, these, the already mentioned “Reign” (w/ Mabury/Reed/Ndolo) and “Holy (It’s the Name)” (w/ Squyres) are well suited for congregational worship. The delicate poetic beauty of the D’Clario/Anthony Skinner duet “Faithfulness,” is a perfect choice for special music. It incorporates a bit of “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” toward the end and provides a wonderful jumping off point for the congregation to join in, and later to sing the hymn together. One of the most impacting and at the same time revealing of Christine’s interpretive grace is “Father of Mine” (D’Clario/Fike), which paints a picture of God’s gentle nature, glorious power, and loving relationship to us and our delight in him. “Anchor” sung and written with All Sons and Daughters’ Leslie Jordan is another lovely and lyrical love song to God. There is a batch of covers of recent worship releases that have shimmer and glory, including the Hougton/Massey congregational shoe in “Your Presence Is Heaven,” Daniel Bashta’s vulnerable “Pursuit,” and Richie Fike and Sean Mulholland’s “Who Is Like the Father,” as well as “Magnified” and “Arise.” Throughout Christine D’Clario brings a balance of sweet intimacy and ascendant intensity expressed in poetic prayer and proclamation with plenty of material for your service of worship.
More: of the revealing transparency of “Father of Mine” and the joyful energy of “Reign.”
Less: Would like to see less containment of D’Clario’s fiery passion, evident in her live performances. Some polyrhythms a la Israel Houghton and New Breed could lift the lid on a few songs.