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By Timothy Yap, Jul 03 2015
Izzi Ray isn't into conveyor belt cookie cutter CCM. "Make Much of You" is an album free of plagiarism. On these 10 tracks, you won't find predictable melodic developments or borrowed hooks or those clichd love-song-cum-worship lyrics that pervade so much of what we hear on Christian radio. In fact, Ray, like her mother Crystal Lewis and other avant grande artists such as Plumb or Brooke Fraser isn't afraid of experimenting with sounds. Not too often on a CCM album will you hear the cacophony of sounds coming from instruments as diverse as the Wurlitzer, B3, omnichord, mellotron, strings, and harmonium. On "Make Much of You," thanks to Ray and producer Blaine Stark (Switchfoot, BeBe Winans), the cold metallic sounds of modern polytechnics gloriously meet the more organic warmth of wooden instruments."My Song," a co-write between Ray and Stark, finds a 70s Stevie Nicks-esque coolness in Ray's vocal command coming together with a contemporary New York-ish guitar-driven rock sound. Described as her life's mantra, the electronic ethereal sounding title cut "Make Much of You" speaks of how God can use our failings to make His name glorious. Here, Ray is at her vocal best as her voice serpentines around a roller coaster of melodic sharp drops and highs.