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By Timothy Yap, Jan 01 2015
"Little Bird" is not your average worship record with the predictable hooks and guitar riffs. Rather, Edwards' music are conversation pieces where she trade lines with the characters in her songs as they reflect upon the grace of God, the frailty of life, the eternity of promises and so forth. And never one to be domesticated by one genre of music, here you will find Edwards exploring various shades of musical styles from singer-songwriter folk to piano balladry to ethereal soft rock.Opening up the proceedings is a JJ Heller-esque piano lullaby-sounding tune "Womb of the Morning." However, as soon as Edwards sings, it's difficult to fall asleep as "Womb of the Morning" is a heart-hitting and profound treatise of the book of Ecclesiastes set to music. It's a song told from the perspective of a 90-year-old man who feels like his life is still an infant in the light of eternity; this is a song that calls to mind the words of Ecclesiastes that there's more to life than our earthy existence. Steeped in the narratives of the Gospels is the piano ballad "Killing Me with Mercy." Taking its cue from the life of Peter, "Killing Me with Mercy" finds an Edwards astounded by the grace of God despite our failures and betrayals.