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Fernando Ortega joins an increasingly influential club of Christian music neo-folkies (think Chris Rice, Sara Groves, and Shawn Groves) who are known for blending poignant lyrics with iridescent melodies. Ortega's compositions are often hauntingly beautiful, and like Rich Mullins before him, Ortega has a knack for imbuing his music with a sense of place. Storm's various musical influences range from Celtic to Latin to medieval, making this an interesting journey, indeed. The road is at times burdensome, as on the mournful "Come Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy," a duet with Amy Grant. Grant's vocal contribution seems wasted here; better are lighter tracks such as "Traveler" and "This Time Next Year," both of which are classic Ortega: soothing vocals, gentle guitar strings, and a prayerful message. Like Ortega's two previous releases, Storm is a mellow, contemplative affair, the perfect soundtrack for a quiet, meditative afternoon.