Heart in Motion (1991) When one of the best-selling Jesus-pop performers ever compares herself to a convicted 17th-century heretic, is she skating on thin ice? Hard to say, especially… Amy Grant Pop
Music Review

Heart in Motion (1991)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Lead Performance: Amy Grant; Genre: Pop

When one of the best-selling Jesus-pop performers ever compares herself to a convicted 17th-century heretic, is she skating on thin ice? Hard to say, especially since nothing in the lyrics for ''Galileo'' indicates that Amy Grant is even aware of how organized religion treated her astronomer hero. But at least she raises the question. And in ''Ask Me,'' a sad child-abuse tale with sweet bass lines borrowed from the Police and a cracked voice straight out of Suzanne Vega's ''Luka,'' Grant even goes so far as to demand that agnostics argue their case: ''Ask me how I know there's a God up in the heavens/Where did He go in the middle of her shame?'' So there's nothing smug about this woman's faith. On most of Heart in Motion she ignores theology entirely, in a way that convinces you she's determined to become a major secular star. ''Hats'' is a novel ditty on role-playing; ''How Can We See That Far'' tells why brides blush; ''Baby Baby'' is about love for an infant. This is top-level radio pop for flight attendants and office assistants, unconventionally produced, emoted in husky shouts and whispers that glow like a burning bush. Grant helped write almost every song, and thank God she's not preaching to the converted. In fact, she's not preaching at all. B+

Originally posted Apr 05, 1991 Published in issue #60 Apr 05, 1991 Order article reprints