Open My Eyes, Father God, Daddy Let Me Drive, Lean, Down To The River, Jesus In A Junk Store, I Want To See Christ, Man On A Mission, Right Road, Stronger/Stronger, Sins Of The Father, Everyday, Bread Broken, I Got A Rhythm, Thank You For Waiting For Me, A Heart Light As Air
Cindy Lee Alden is a Christian Contemporary Singer who fuses country stylings with gospel music and folk rock influences. The album leads me to the story of a man who got his sight back through modern medicine several years ago. The reporter asked, “What’s it like to have your sight? How’s life now?” He said, “I got this precious gift to see my loved ones faces.” He went on to describe the colors and other ordinary things he noticed, nothing deeper or heavier than that, but Cindy Lee Arden’s “Open My Eyes” is making a big impact. It encourages us to have a set of spiritual eyes which is even more valuable than the human eyes. God’s touch is like the sun shining in the face of a spiritually blind woman in this track. It’s like having a special antenna from heaven that vibrates to your soul to turn the impossible into possible, to experience security during instability, to give hope during restless times, to give strength during hard times, to give courage and boldness in times of fears and doubts. “Father God” reveals the Lord is the most wonderful Father of all, a father who loves the unworthy, a Father who saved us by His grace. He offers His fatherhood to everyone who accepts the gift of adoption by trusting and by being led by the Holy Spirit. We live in the modern age where trust seems to be in short supply. We’ll find some steps we need in “Lean” as we journey in life. Calling upon the name of Jesus, surrendering every burden in His presence trusting Him, resting in His understanding and love can make us conquerors and victorious as we face the battles in life. It strongly states Psalm 18:2 which says, “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” We all have a race we’re running in different areas in life and all people are different in their journey of healing, restoration, trying to balance the feelings of burdens, pain and loss while going forward in the everyday life even if it’s difficult. We encounter challenges from time to time, “Stronger, Stronger” encourages us to run the race that is set before us, throw off the things that tangles us up, persevere and fix our eyes on the Lord to win. “Down to the River” is about fixing our eyes on Jesus and soaking in the Holy Spirit no matter what situations we are in. Something significant and amazing begins to happen when we surrender to this leading. As we enter into His presence, He directs our thoughts and imagination. It is a deep communion on the basis of love as we allow the Holy Spirit access to God’s word and on to the better life. As a result, we follow His lead.
The album captures a fresh sense of love, hope, assurance, protection, security and a sound that weaves truths with sweet melodies for inspiring message-tinged brand of country. It’s all about journey music that follows God's heart and the road to success. It can change us profoundly and empower us to love deeper and spread His love.
RECORD REVIEW BY STELLA TABELON – Music Journalist, Country Music News International