Please Come Back - Michelle Tumes, Arthur, Robert 
Life Is Beautiful
He's Watching over You
Michelle Tumes's airy and ethereal-sounding Listen draws the inevitable comparisons to Enya and Sarah McLachlan. But while the title track and "My Constant One" pay homage to these secular sisters, Tumes carves her own aur... more »al niche with a densely layered mix of piano, strings, and programmed rhythms. At times, the dreamlike quality of the music enhances Tumes's unique style, although at other moments it nearly suffocates her beautiful voice, as well as a handful of well-crafted songs. Qualms aside, Listen is a formidable debut release from one of contemporary Christian music's most interesting artists. "Heaven Will Be Near Me," "Healing Waters," and the superb "Please Come Back" are the release's shining moments. --Michael Lyttle« less
Michelle Tumes's airy and ethereal-sounding Listen draws the inevitable comparisons to Enya and Sarah McLachlan. But while the title track and "My Constant One" pay homage to these secular sisters, Tumes carves her own aural niche with a densely layered mix of piano, strings, and programmed rhythms. At times, the dreamlike quality of the music enhances Tumes's unique style, although at other moments it nearly suffocates her beautiful voice, as well as a handful of well-crafted songs. Qualms aside, Listen is a formidable debut release from one of contemporary Christian music's most interesting artists. "Heaven Will Be Near Me," "Healing Waters," and the superb "Please Come Back" are the release's shining moments. --Michael Lyttle
Jerry & Debbie S. from SAYRE, PA Reviewed on 9/23/2012...
If you like Enya, you'll love Michelle Tumes. Her sound is very light and very similar. This is a very relaxing CD...especially in the evening, with some candle light...a cup of tea, and a good book.
Annaka R. from COOKEVILLE, TN Reviewed on 8/7/2006...
She has a beautiful voice. I just haven't listened to this CD in forever and would like to share with someone who would like to be carried away with her melodic Australian voice.
Nothing, I mean NOTHING is like THIS CD
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Why? well. . . Center of my Universe is great and all, but it's not Michelle Tumes. It's more like a ethral pop mix. BUt this. . . I've never tired of this once. Not since the day I had my first taste of her music.If your wondering what makes this CD so great. . . well, one thing is the music. Man, without the lyrics, it's still great music. two, the lyrics carry you on an emotional journy. I (whom I consider a lousy singer) can sing it and still hear the meaning to the words in it. three, her voice. What a heavenly sound. Oh my. . . I think of fainting when I think of meeting her. Michelle Tumes: Ethral, serene, soothing, powerful.four: she wrote it herself. Perhaps the idea of not pop music scares you, I pity you. This isn't pop music, it's heaven on earth. It's an angel. It's anything but pop, and not "boring slow". Look beyond the cover and come into a world of music, power, emotion, and prayer.okay. That's why I love this CD. I love it because in all the world, I'll never find a better album. Not unless Michelle Tumes teams with another angel, sings more of her own music, and pacts another huge imprint on the listeners like this does. No, it's not Center of my universe. It's Listen, and it becons you to do just that."
The BEST CD on the market!
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I received Michelle Tumes' "Listen" last year for Christmas and immediately was struck by her beautiful voice, her poetic way of writing her own music, and her way of putting her emotions into words and music. I saw and met Michelle two weeks ago at her Carols by Candelight tour which was near where I live. I was expecting the concert to be mainly Christmas songs, but it was overall songs from her CD and from her upcoming CD, "Center of My Universe." The concert was amazing and I was struck at how patient and kind she was to her fans and her crew. I enjoyed her special guest, Chris Rodriguez, too. This CD has been in my CD player probably more than 300 times and never once have I been tired of it. Every time I "listen" it touches me even more. My favorite songs are the first four, "Listen," "Healing Waters," "Heaven Will Be Near Me," and "Feel." Michelle makes a stunning appearance on the Streams CD, too; she wrote a lot of the songs. I encourage anyone interested in this CD to hurry up and go to your nearest Christian bookstore and buy this one over any other in the store. On February 15, 2000, when Michelle's second CD comes out, I will probably be at the store at 6 A.M. waiting to buy it! This is how great Michelle Tumes is!"
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This first album of Michelle Tumes is one of the best musical albums out there in the world. Her music is soothing, inspiring, full of messages of Christ, and excellently done. My favorite track is "Untame Lion", a great one to listen to, and shows just how much Christ loves us, and though he might not be a safe God, he is a God of love. "Healing Waters" and "Listen" are among my other favorite tracks and have great messages as well. Get this album now!"
Worthy of the Best
Jay Kidwell | Dallas, Texas | 03/01/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What a surprise! I am mostly a fan of hard Christian rock, but after receiving "Listen" by Michelle Tumes from an acquaintance, I had to re-evaluate my musical judgement! Michelle's moods cover a landscape as varied as Adelaide Australia herself (where she lives). The rich texture of "Rest My Soul" with its interweaving counterpoint and harmonies is just one example of her fine craftsmanship. However, "My Constant One" has no match in modern Christian music! The sustained percussion tempos in this work remind us of Christ's unwavering commitment to His children. Combine this with Michelle's transcendental lyrics, "Every day, every night, After death in this life...When I taste my desires I am caught in Your eyes holding me..." the song is elevated into a realm of worship unequalled in my experiences. I pray and hope that she brings the joy, comfort and confidence of Christ's message into your hearts as well with her tender, profound and introspective music."
What a special voice!
Jay Kidwell | 05/05/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Michelle Tumes expresses contemperary christian music today in a unique way. Her voice has an Enya feel, but it is very original. "Listen" delivers smooth and graceful vocals by Michelle."Listen" Well, it's a good title, but I don't really care for this song."Healing Waters" This song is very pretty. I like the beginning especially. I'm gonna put it as #3. Michelle makes this one sound heavenly."Heaven will be near me" This is #1! What a song! She is amazing on this one. Great lyrics!"Feel" Not much in this song"Christ of hope" I love the beginning to this song. Acually the whole song is really beautiful! Neat title."My constant One" One thing you can always count on with Michelle is great beginnings to songs! Heres another. Very pretty. #2! "Untame Lion" Another good beginning. A great song to show her ability."Rest my Soul" An ok song"Please come back" This one describes the story of the prodigal son. Nice message. "Life is Beautiful" Extremly beautiful song. Love her accent on here."He's watching over you" An ok songThis is without a doubt a cd you should add to your collection. What a gorgous voice!"