"Telling Time", Tanya Godsey - CD Review
Singer-Songwriter Tanya Godsey recently releases her second album, Telling Time. Her music is reminiscent of Sarah McLachlan and Sarah Groves, and fits that simple feel that made those ladies recognizable. With some folk, country, and even a bit of soul hidden down in her music, she puts forth a solid album that should put her among the popular women in Christian music.
She grabbed me right away with the song “White Page” - it has a piano driven feel that hits me like a Regina Spektor song. It’s a simple song, but it really locks you in; from its catchy rhythm to the soft sound of her voice. This is not really a song for Sunday morning, but the kind of song that makes you want to turn up the radio and cruise the Miracle Mile with your top down.
“It Doesn’t Feel Like Home” is another great song. It has a strong driving rhythm with a solid use of the tambourine that keeps your foot tapping. Again, like much of the album, this is not a song to play on a Sunday morning for the church, but it is a solid song that makes you want to listen to it.
The title track “Telling Time” has the most country sound out of anything on the album. I love the song; it talks about the gap between the image of God and the nature of fallen man. I am not a country music fan, but I still found myself enjoying this song.
With “All of the Healing” Tanya really does a great job on the acoustic guitar with full open chords that really just reverberate and give the track a unique presence. This is probably the most directly “worship” song on the album. It is not a song that fits the mold of the “Hillsong” style and culture, but it really keeps a strong focus on the Love of God and his power. It is a song I would lead in my church on a Sunday morning.
Before listening to the album and reading through the titles of songs, I was most intrigued by the track “Abraham’s Sky” - another piano song, this is probably my favorite song. She compares herself to Abraham, Sarah, Isaac and how she knows she has promises from God, but sometimes has to fight doubt. I love the Chorus line, “Show me my inheritance, lead me to your promises, and set me as a star in Abraham’s sky.” This song is probably the one I will be stuck on the most.
As a worship leader, this is not an album I will be pulling from often for my services, but it will become a regular on my personal rotation. Tanya herself admits she wasn’t writing for worship, but rather unfolding the journey of her life and the conflicts she was wrestling with God. This really shows in the diversity of the sounds and themes.
-Review by Mathew Reames
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