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Lauren Béa

Lauren Béa
Wildflower

Street Date: October 9, 2018
Style: Pop / Dance / AC
Buy It: iTunes



To say that Austin native Lauren Béa isn't quite a household name just yet would be something of an understatement. Indeed, unless you happened to attend one of the women's conferences for which she provided music, you've probably never heard of her. Luckily for the members of the listening audience, an exhaustive knowledge of her back catalog isn't a requisite for enjoying her debut effort. Purveying a sort of dance/pop/adult contemporary hybrid, Wildflower is aimed at fans - of both genders - who happen to favor those particular musical genres.

Things start off nicely with the toe-tapping dance-pop cut, "Sovereign Still," which transitions seamlessly between its laid-back verses and more bracing chorus. Bookending the proceedings is the closing cover of Hillsong Worship's "What a Beautiful Name," which shows Béa to be equally proficient at slower, worship-based material. In between its beginning and end, though, the record is filled with too many tracks whose rhythms are either awkward ("Everything"), lumbering ("What If We Loved") or simply mismatched to the cadence and pace of their lyrical accompaniment (the title song).

To its credit, the album's themes of positive self-image, aloneness and the loss of an unborn child are bound to resonate with a large portion of her audience. And Béa sings with a strength, clarity and conviction that go a long way toward offsetting her first project's shortcomings. Even with those assets taken into account, though, it's hard not to wish that her freshman outing were graced with tighter beats, a stronger set of melodies and just a little more oomph.

That being said, those who caught her at any of her women's events and liked what they heard will almost certainly find Wildflower to their liking. And its limitations, in the broadest sense, are certainly easy enough to correct. All of which means that, while the majority of dance and pop music purists will want to cherry pick one or two tunes, at most, from her inaugural release, her undeniable talent and admirable conviction bode very well for her sophomore outing and may just well make Béa one of the artists to watch in 2019.

- Review date: 11/1/18, written by Bert Gangl of Jesusfreakhideout.com



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This Thursday, May 19, 2022
SINGLES
Switchfoot interrobang (b-side) - Single [Fantasy]


This Friday, May 20, 2022
ALBUMS
Avalon Worship Avalon Worship [Red Street]
Bryan & Katie Torwalt I've Got Good News [Capitol CMG]
Amanda Cook State of the Union [Provident]
DeGarmo and Key No Turning Back Live (1982) [Remastered] CD [Girder]
DeGarmo and Key Mission of Mercy (1983) [Remastered] CD [Girder]
DeGarmo and Key Communication (1984) [Remastered] CD [Girder]
DeGarmo and Key Commander Sozo (1985) [Remastered] CD [Girder]
DeGarmo and Key Streetlight (1986) [Remastered] CD [Girder]
DeGarmo and Key D&K (1987) [Remastered] CD [Girder]
DeGarmo and Key The Pledge (1989) [Remastered] CD [Girder]
Gateway Worship Español Grande Y Fiel (Great And Faithful) [Gateway/Integrity]
Blessing Offor Brighter Days (Live Sessions) EP [Capitol CMG]
The Perrys John 3:16 [StowTown]
Watashi Wa People Like People [Tooth & Nail]
Worship Together Kids Songs of the Bible II [Capitol CMG]
Paul Zach Sorrow's Got A Hold On Me (independent)

SINGLES
Awaken Music Revive Us - Single [The Fuel]
Ty Brasel God is the Best (feat. 1K Phew) - Single [IVAV/Word]
Maverick City Music Kingdom (feat. Kirk Franklin) - Single [Tribl]
Alexander Pappas Older - Single [Capitol CMG]
Rend Collective Plans - Single [Capitol CMG]
Stephen Stanley Note To Self (feat. Riley Clemmons) - Single [Capitol CMG]
The Talleys I Don't Belong - Single [Crossroads]
Zahna Prayers in the Dark - Single (independent)


Next Thursday, May 26, 2022
SINGLES
ICF Sunday Night Perfect Love - Single [Integrity]


Next Friday, May 27, 2022
ALBUMS
ICF Worship Here's To The One We Love [Integrity]
Mission House Live From Raleigh [Integrity]
TAYA TAYA [Capitol CMG]

SINGLES
Ian Yates God You’ve Never Failed Me - Single [7 Core]

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