489. War of Love – Sheila Walsh

WAR OF LOVE (1983)

Sheila Walsh

Decades before a career on the 700 Club and being the featured speaker at Women of Faith conferences, Sheila Walsh was Christian Music’s Pat Benatar with tight spandex pants, new wave/punk cropped hair, staccato keyboard driven rockers and soaring, radio friendly ballads. She would even do a duet of David Edwards’ “Not Gonna Fall Away” with labelmate Steve Taylor.

There is plenty to like about Walsh’s early releases, especially War of Love. The album features a strong version of the world most covered song, “Turn Turn Turn” and her finest ballad and biggest radio hit, Mystery. No ask quirky and piercing as the debut, Future eyes, and more pop rock than later more inspirational releases, this may not be Walsh’s best work, but is possibly the most consistent and satisfying.

  1. Brian
    October 16, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    Sheila Walsh was big with this album. I saw several reviews were saying this was good enough to be a secular release with the finest of the day. I knew she struggled ultimately with the resistance in England of her Christian music on secular play lists, but it was captivating.
    Mystery, Star Song & Turn Turn Turn were all fantastic cuts with catchy melodies and classic pop formats but the exotic (did I just say exotic?) cut of Yes, HE Lives is my favorite Sheila Walsh track. It appears to have more timeless qualities than ever Mystery or Star Song.

    All in all great stuff, even though it is not as appreciated today as it was then since it is very genre specific music.

  2. Greenchili
    May 6, 2011 at 6:16 am

    Although I’ve had this album for some time this is the first time I really listened thru it. I think I’ll add it into my Shelia Walsh playlist that I periodically listen too. 🙂

  3. Chazz
    November 5, 2013 at 7:30 am

    This is one of Christian music’s gems. “War of Love” was one of those albums that made you stand up and take notice when first hearing it. Like many of the secular pop records, “War of Love” relied heavily on synthesizers and drum machines. If I were to be honest, there was no other Christian artist like her.. Her music could easily be played along the side of the Eurythmics or the Thompson twins. Some of my favorite tracks are: “He lives”, “Sleep Walking” and “Private Life.” She would later go on to make more good albums throughout the 80’s. The 90’s we see a turn towards the direction her music has taken now. I miss the old Sheila Walsh.

  4. Callie Fisher
    April 27, 2016 at 3:51 am

    I saw her live during the US tour associated with this album. Impressive backing band with scorching guitar work, the studio cuts fail in comparison. One of the best shows I ever saw, christian or secular. I saw them in Waco TX, so Sheila was at her best for the Word Records / Sparrow elite, as the company was based in Waco at the time.

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