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Reviewed by Ania Glowacz

Anna Hawkins: Divine

Reviewed by Ania Glowacz

Anna Hawkins: Divine

Anna Hawkins crosses the great divides of pop, classical, opera and Celtic – and does so beautifully, with stunning voice and evident talent. This album is based on its title’s theme – and covers it all within that. From the universal Amazing Grace, to other reverential material like Praise To The Lord, Hallelujah and You Raise Me Up, to some really lovely Christmas compositions such as What Child Is This and O Holy Night, among several other bonus tracks. Given that she has performed at the RWC and at Christmas In The Park among other large events, some may scream ‘cheese’, but they’d be in the wrong. This album was recorded in Poland (as was her first album ‘Journey On’) and Israel, and according to Hawkins is a collection of songs people have been requesting her to record. A haunting song sung in Hebrew called Avinu Malkeinu, as well as opera ‘classics’ Panis Angelicus and The Prayer. The ultimate Christmas album, not only because it covers all bases, faith-wise, but also as it sounds so heavenly.

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