Barbara Jones - Jesus Is Calling

Published Monday 22nd May 2006
Barbara Jones - Jesus Is Calling
Barbara Jones - Jesus Is Calling

STYLE: Reggae
RATING 5 5 5 5 5
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 16763-11115
LABEL: Joe Frasier JFRCD003

Reviewed by Paul Baker

Barbara Jones had a steady stream of reggae singles in the '70s and a hit single in the '80s with a cover of the Randy Van Warmer song "Just When I Needed You Most". In the early '90s she found Jesus and has been recording gospel music ever since. She certainly brings an authentic presence to this collection of mainly traditional songs. "Blessed Be The Name" exhorts us to praise, and "One Day At A Time" asks for strength for women. "Let It Be" is about walking with Jesus and "Fill My Cup" is full of thirsting for God. The style is mostly old school, lovers rock reggae with the odd exception: "King Of Kings" is a lively soca tune and the alternative version of "Leaning On Jesus" has dancehall vocals from Harry Toddler. So it's unfortunate that the production so badly lets her down. The arrangements are repetitive, generic and uninspired and sound very much like they were knocked up on someone's home PC using samples from a sound bank, and not a great one. The only signs of life are some occasional nice touches of guitar and sax. For long term Barbara Jones fans only.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Dean in Philadelphia @ 16:53 on Aug 10 2010

I heard a cd with Barbara Jones and I think she is really a good christian/gospel singer. I never heard about her before and I was born and grew up in one of the islands. She is very inspirational to me.
How can I get her cd for my own?

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