There is no question that Cece Winans possesses one of the great
voices in recording artistry. In her first release on her
own label, Wellspring Gospel, CeCe lends that voice to the
praise and worship music that we all love to hear. She describes
Alabaster Box as a sequel to her debut solo effort and Grammy award-winning Alone In
His Presence. In a
collection of music that
can translate from
the concert hall to the church house, there are songs for meditation
and for high-energy worship.Producers: Fred Hammond, Chris Harris, others
album release date: October 19, 1999
“King of Kings”, is a bouncy, congregational praise song,
mostly in unison, that shouts the sovereignty of our Savior.
Contemporary in tone, it ends in the traditional chant of
“He’s a wonder”, that perhaps you’ve heard your elders say.
Fred Hammond shares both his production skills and his expert
bass licks on this tune.
“Fill my Cup”, a simple rendering of a traditional song described by
CeCe in her autobiograph On A Positive Note as her very first childhood solo, adds
a different twist. Recorded acappella, it is a particular treat to the sweet timbre of her voice.
“It Wasn’t Easy” is a slow song written by CeCe and produced
by the respected
Chris Harris, that is sung from Jesus’ perspective, and speaks of
the physical suffering and human shame He must have felt. Melodious
acoustic guitar by George Cocchini adds a nice backdrop.
It is indisputable that the 'piece de resistance' on the project
is the title track “Alabaster Box”, written by Janice Sjostran. The song
story of a woman who
presents some precious oil, encased in an alabaster box, as an
offering to Jesus. Beginning in a deliberate hush, the song
speaks of the woman making her way to Jesus. The song pushes
on as she, through the jeers and protests of others, continues
through a crowd to humbly offer up her gift. Expert orchestration
by The Nashville String Machine, ushers you along with her, right
into praise to Him and the moment of triumph of her realizing
Christ’s forgiveness. Tom Howard arranges the strings that
wrap the gift of this incredible worship song.
Noteworthy appearances by Take Six on “One and the Same” and the
Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir on “Comforter” round out this
project that Cece Winans extends to us in perhaps where
her voice rings truest, in worship and in praise.
reviewed by Melanie Clark —
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