So This Is It
Label: 7k Records
Length: 11 tracks / 43:30
Released: August 5, 2006
With a light, breathy voice,
Kim Dexter effectively conveys the inspirational lyrics of her original
songs. This album is another one, I’m happy to say, in which lyrics come
through well and the instrumentalists have a wonderful mix. Kim Dexter
formerly sang with Mayfair Laundry and wrote the theme song for the “Bibleman”
In “Wait” with Bryan Duncan,
we hear the powerful “..when I see Him I’m going to be just like him…so
this is it.” “We Need Jesus” begins with a hymn-like quality and
keyboard with keyboard again an important part of “Broken Hearted.”
Here, the poignant “..where do the broken heart go?” is emphasized by guitar
solo. “Take Me Home” uses guitar effectively and this song is a highlight
on the CD.
“We Miss You” begins with
a melancholy mood and builds in intensity as the singer says to the Lord,
“You left us standing, our mouths wide open…in a hurry to your chosen life.”
These are powerful lyrics as are the ones in “Your Promises” with “…your
promises filling me, my brokenness, finding relief…I will not forget.”
No, we won’t forget this
album, either, which is the first solo album for Kim Dexter. There
are quality performances here by a rising lyricist.
Copyright 2006 Marie Asner
Kim Dexter has the voice
of an angel and there is quite simply no other way to describe her easy
going pop vocals. You don’t hear a singer straining to hit a note. You
aren’t listening to a label makeover where the artist seems out of sync
with the music she is sharing. Dexter is a very good fit for the music
she has for the most part composed on her own.
The alumni of the ska pop/rock
band Mayfair Laundry combined with her husband Paul Dexter the former bassist
for Mayfair Laundry to produce the soft pop album. Kim Dexter possesses
that same combination of girl next door looks and gentle voice that made
Olivia Newton John so famous in the late seventies and early eighties.
Newbies to Dexter’s music might also be tempted to make comparisons to
early Point of Grace hit songs. It is certainly a long way from the girl
who originally aspired to be a rock star.
What makes this album work
so well is the rhythm section consisting of guitarists Bob Hartry (Bryan
Duncan) Tim Pierce (Dave Koz) combining with Detroit native Matt Bissonette
on bass (Boz Scaggs, Don Henley, Ringo Starr) does a good job of comping
Dexter’s vocals. Rounding out the rhythm section are the incomparable drummer
Vinnie Colaiuta (Lee Ritenour, LeAnn Rimes, Michael McDonald, Michael Buble)
and Kim Dexter on keys. Dexter proves equal to the task as a pianist as
she demonstrates with great chops on songs such as “Take Me Down”. Jeffery
David also makes cameo appearances on piano.
R&B/Soul legend Bryan
Duncan lends his awesome pipes to a duet with Dexter on the number two
track “Wait”. The two California based singers blend in perfect harmony.
“Wait” is the first single to be released from the album and it is charting
Eleven original tunes penned
by Dexter provide pastel brush strokes across a canvass that is the singer’s
life. From a lady who endured much in her early adult years has emerged
a beautiful woman who reflects back on days filled with much pain and sorrow,
“where do the brokenhearted go?/left all alone/where do the brokenhearted
find relief inside?/you know/Jesus come and fill my soul/”
The first few bars of the
upbeat “Fill Me Up” reminded me of the old song “Sooner or Later” by The
Grass Roots. The song is well placed on the album as it provides the perfect
solution to the broken heart discussed in the previous tune. This joyous
song is bouncy and features a funky scripture reading either using a megaphone,
echo chamber or studio mix to simulate the same. Excuse my male bias but
I hear this song as being a big hit for pre-teen and teenage girls. And
for the record there is nothing wrong with that!
The Dexters have created
a very good worship album that doesn’t sound like a worship record. These
are songs that can be sung easily by youth groups, congregations and worship
bands. If you want an excellent blueprint for how to create Pop worship
music for today’s church buy Kim Dexter’s So This Is It.
This Is It is enjoying extensive
distribution through Christian retail chains and digital services such
By Joe Montague, exclusive
Joe Montague is an internationally
published journalist / photographer. His ministry is dedicated to the memory
of his late son Kent David Montague who went to heaven at the age of 18.
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