Picks and Pans Review: Lay It Down

updated 03/13/2000 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/13/2000 AT 01:00 AM EST

Jennifer Knapp (Gotee)

If Amy Grant were possessed of some funk, she might sound like Knapp, an uncommonly literate songwriter and uniquely expressive Christian-blues rock singer. Knapp's first album, 1998's Kansas (named after her home state), was a solid debut that got her onto Billboard's Christian music chart for more than 80 weeks as well as a spot on the Lilith Fair tour. This follow-up includes Shawn Colvin and John Leventhal's clever "Diamond in the Rough" and nine songs written by Knapp that are reverent without being preachy. This is good music that just happens to have a Christian subtext. If so inclined, the listener can screen out the religious elements and just enjoy the music. Hey, it works with Bach.

Bottom Line: Sacred meets the profane, with a rock beat

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