Angie Alan

Angie Alan

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Angie Alan's self-titled debut is a collection of mediocre R&B tunes with paint-by-numbers production and run-of-the-mill Christian lyrics with a very high "J Count" (a CCM industry term that refers to the number of times Jesus is mentioned on an album). Tim Miner produced the record for Frontline Records, and he seems to have intended to cast Alan as a female version of Jon Gibson, the label's resident Stevie Wonder sound-alike. But Alan's talents are meager in comparison with Gibson's. She lacks his raw vocal power, his infectious energy, and his songwriting ability. The songs on Alan's record are wholly forgettable, and she and her songwriting partners (husband David Ebensberger, Miner, and Cindy Cruise) seem incapable of crafting the sorts of indelible hooks that this genre requires. Miner attempts to compensate by repeating many of the keyboard gimmicks he used on Gibson's records and by inserting Kenny G-esque sax solos by session man Ron Jones. But the project proves a doomed enterprise from the outset. Alan's contemporary Christian music career never took off like Gibson's or Kathy Troccoli's or even Kim Boyce's. Her debut spent a few months in the discount racks of Christian bookstores before it disappeared entirely.

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