Plankton’s latest album release “What A Friend We Have” by Vivienne Neville, Liz Clarke, Jackie Morris Bates and Mary-Kathryn has received another great review. This time not only earning 9/10 from UK CCM site NFN (Never For Nothing) but also being named ALBUM OF THE MONTH.
The review was posted in the October NFN emailed newsletter. Here’s the full review:
ALBUM OF THE MONTH
VIVIENNE NEVILLE, LIZ CLARKE, JACKIE MORRIS BATES, MARY-KATHRYN : What a Friend We Have. (Plankton Records : PCDN169)
When these four ladies got together to record the charity single “What A Friend We Have in Jesus”, earlier this year, Vivienne was keen to explore the possibilities of releasing a compilation album, featuring them all. This release is the result, and what a fine album it is too. Mary Kathryn opens the album, with the far-eastern sound of ‘Incense and Praise’. There’s lots of drums to give a hypnotic rhythm, and also a sitar, that is pleasing on the ear. As an opening song, it’s really catchy and very strong. Vivienne’s first contribution is the euro-pop ditty, ‘Up Close & Personal’. This song reminded me a lot of German duo Swimming With Sharks, and her voice, reminiscent of singer Annette Humpe. The song itself is about finding that personal relationship with God, and the love that it brings. All four of the ladies present three songs each, and Liz Clarke’s best, for me, is the lullabye ‘A Mother’s Love’. Her vocals are so sweet, and the marriage with the accompanying accordion is pure delight. There’s a gospel style about Jackie Morris Bates’ ballad ‘What Sin’, while later on, she provides a swing number, called ‘Jesus is Mine’. Both are very listenable. Mary Kathryn returns with more eastern sound of ‘Only One’ (which I wasn’t too keen on) and the chanting ‘Tehiliah’, which is simply beautiful. The album ends with the charity single, and brings to a close, a quite exquisite collection. 9/10.
The album is available on digital format only and it is available from ALL leading music download and streaming sites Worldwide, including iTunes and Amazon. Here’s the link to the album’s section on our discography page https://planktonrecord.wpengine.com/discography/what-a-friend-we-have/