On their fifth Sparrow album, the members of Avalon once again demonstrate the impressive gifts that have made them one of the most acclaimed groups in contemporary Christian music: vibrant vocals and

On their fifth Sparrow album, the members of Avalon once again demonstrate the impressive gifts that have made them one of the most acclaimed groups in contemporary Christian music: vibrant vocals and an unerring song sense. Avalon members Janna Long, Jody McBrayer, Michael Passons, and Cherie Paliotta intertwine their stellar voices in creative arrangements that breathe life into the songs on this solid set. And while Brown Bannister's production is polished pop that provides plenty to engage the ears, it never gets in the way of the group's vocals. Highlights include the gorgeous ballad "By Heart, By Soul" (a duet with Aaron Neville) and "I Don't Want to Go," a re-working of Richard Page's "Oxygen."—DEP

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