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Thief

Thief

March 5, 2013
4.8 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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By Kevin Davis TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 13, 2013
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Susan Ashton's musical story started when she was a 19 year old with the voice of an angel and absolutely no performance experience. But direction from God and an invitation to sing background vocals for Wayne Watson changed the trajectory of her life. That appearance led to a recording contract and a move from her hometown of Houston to Nashville to begin what soon became chart-topping success with her hit songs "In My Father's Hands," "No One Knows My Heart," "Down On My Knees," "You Move Me" and "Stand." The rise up the charts through the 1990s was a double-edge sword. Although she had a platform for sharing her faith, the time on the road also sapped her soul. Her relationship with Christ became...dry. The decade ended with a broken marriage, financial disaster, abandonment by friends and a deep hurt that's taken years to heal. Losing her recording contract with Capitol Records shortly after the new millennium began dropped her to the emotional bottom.

What she thought would be a year of restoration turned out to be a seven-year reclamation project. She's far from finished. In fact, one could argue that Susan's new project Thief is just a beginning. God faithfully brought Susan through every circumstance and restored her love for Him for the purpose of delivering an authentic message that cuts through banal superficiality, and all the way to the soul. Susan beautifully and prophetically proclaimed "Out of myself and into the fire, You move me, burning with love and hope and desire, how You move me, I'm taking delight in every little thing" in her gorgeous song "You Move Me.
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Prime Cuts: The Wrong Well, Not Small, The Thief

The dry spell is finally over for Susan Ashton. Way back in the 90s, Ashton was the dame of Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) where everything she touched was graced with success. Her debut “Wakened by the Wind” was the all time top selling album for Sparrow Records. Her sophomore effort “Angels of Mercy” birthed four CCM number one hits with a Grammy nomination thrown in as a bonus. Her 1996 “Distant Call” finds her working with Sheryl Crowe, Alison Krauss, Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith. Later, Ashton did branch out of CCM and scored big time with pianist Jim Brickman as their song “The Gift” became a number 1 Billboard Adult Contemporary hit. She even got to open for Garth Brooks on the European leg of his World Tour. Then in 1999 Ashton left CCM completely by recording a country album “Closer.” “Closer” yielded the top 40 country hit “You’re Lucky I Love You” and finds top-billing writers like Diane Warren, Kim Richey and Matraca Berg offering Ashton their songs. Just when Ashton thought she was in for the ride, her second country album was stalled. She was let go from her recording contract. One more worship album later, Ashton vanished. She entered a dry season in her life where she left the music business, became a nanny and (according to her website) she was also shovelling horse poop. Finally, after 14 years without a solo record, God has brought Ashton back with a 6-track EP entitled “The Thief.”

So, what is this EP like? As they say a picture is worth a thousand words, the album cover is most telling. The cover depicts a black crow perched on a tree branch.
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In only six songs Susan Ashton didn't choose the "safe path" and instead shows true musicality. She co-wrote 5 of the songs in various styles yet work well together.

1) Moonshine: is a great foray into bluegrass and just plain cool.

2) Love is Alive: - Cover of Gary Wright's hug hit (still one of my all-time favorites) which blends bluegrass,country and rock. Fantastic delivery.

3) Thief: This song's metaphoric lyrics and the arrangement are beautifully haunting.

4) Become Myself: This song takes a slight rock edge and her delivery is strong.

5) The Wrong Well: This is the most similar to Susan's previous work, without being heavy handed to describe the lure of satisfying ones desires over doing what one knows to be the better path.

6) NOT SMALL: My favorite track on the album. I am only surmising, but think this may be her most personal song on the record. The incredibly vulnerable lyrics describe one of the most important elements of a relationships regardless if marriage (straight or gay) or friendships and that is treating each other with respect and not to be taken for granted. Often on repeat.

My only disappointment was not including "What Joy" that she recorded and made a video for in 2011- see youtube. Regardless of where you may be on your faith journey, myself being mostly agnostic at this point, the lyrics and performance are inspiring - I must play this at least twice each time I play it.
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I'm a big fan of Susan Ashton & I was heartbroken when she suddenly "disappeared" from the music scene.
This album is very poignant, it gives us a window into the pain & suffering she has been going through, pain that I can relate to.
It's good to hear her voice again!
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