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Jillian - 1996 Jillian

ARTIST: Jillian
ALBUM: Jillian
LABEL: Rugged Records
YEAR: 1996


LINEUP: Jillian - vocals * John Rice - guitars * Bobby Lizik - bass * Ed Tossing - keyboards * Wayne Stewart - drums

Guests: Dave Bickler - vocals * Jim Peterik - keyboards, backing vocals * Frankie Sullivan - vocals, guitar * Jim Hines - drums * Joan Colloso, Theresa Davis, K. Clyde Duffie; Kendall J. Duffie, Michelle S. Duffie, Peaches, Ellen Samuels - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 As Is * 02 Pool Of Bethesda * 03 You Don't Have To Cry * 04 Hands From Above * 05 Do What You Must Do * 06 My Gift * 07 Somebody Love Me * 08 Till The Water Runs Clear * 09 Unconditional Love * 10 Prayer Warrior

An interesting release this. From 1995/1996 comes a singer with the inconspicuous title of Jillian. No, it's not some hair metal band name a la Roxanne or Julliet. Jillian, upon deeper inspection is one Jillian Bickler, the wife of former Survivor beret wearer Dave Bickler. Yes, you will see a handful of Survivor members playing on the album, but no, it doesn't venture down that well-worn and well-loved path of melodium. Jillian instead travels the path followed previously by the likes of Rachel Rachel, Lisa Bevill, Zahalan and other smooth hi-tech AOR projects. In other parts it has a slightly new country sound, something akin to the Stealin' Horses album from 1988. Yes, it also has a touch of CCM about it, but isn't saturated in zealousness about you know who.

The Songs
A couple of tracks will stand out for the typical AORster. 'Do What You Must Do' is an uptempo guitar based rocker with a pulsing bass line. The Stealin' Horses similarity can be heard on 'Pool Of Bethesda', another rocker with a bunch of christian lyrical references. 'Somebody Loves Me' contains a big airy production, whereas 'Unconditional Love' is the sort of jangly CCM song that was heard on Christian radio back in the early 90's. Not to be outdone, the Survivor boys sing a duet with the lovely Jillian; husband Dave Bickler sings alongside on 'Hands From Above' while Frankie Sullivan sings alongside the closing track 'Prayer Warrior'.

In Summary
Essentially this is a family project which by all accounts received very little fanfare at the time of its release. Jillian's voice will take a little getting used to, she does tend to slide into her notes from above and below, and that will annoy people, particularly vocalists who take a purists view to signing. As I said, interesting because of its rarity value, and of course the Survivor connection. Thanks to Judith XR for the opportunity.

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#1 | jeffrey343 on March 21 2007 16:11:19
I just got this CD a couple of days ago based on this site playing 'Do What You Must Do' on one of the radio channels. I checked Amazon; one buyer had it for $19, and a few more had it starting at $32. I figured I could make a $19 gamble. First off, I see nothing that states Jillian is the wife of Dave Bickler. I think this is based on a credit in the liner notes that say 'Jillian and Dave Bickler'. There is also a credit that says 'Jillian and Frankie Sullivan.' If you Google 'Jillian Bickler' (without quotes), you'll find a thread on this same topic on a MelodicRock forum. In the credits, she mentions a guy named Rob in a manner that suggests he is her significant other. Frankie Sullivan & Jim Peterik are fairly involved in writing & playing on this CD, but it isn't a Survivor-type effort. As for the music, 'Do What You Must Do' is the most AOR tune on the CD. I also really like 'Till The Water Runs Clean', which is more of a bluesy gospel tune. Jillian really belts that out out. Overall, it's a pretty decent CD - nothing remarkable, but pretty good. She states her Christian faith strongly in the liner notes, and many of the songs do have strong Christian messages, but it is not a 'preachy' CD. I don't think most people need to rush out and spend $30+ on it.
#2 | gdazegod on March 22 2007 19:07:25
I read a snippet on Heavy Harmonies saying she was the wife of. Whether that is true is unsure. You never can be sure these days. Factual news and the Internet are sometimes like oil and water.. lol!
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