Billy & Sarah Gaines - Friends Indeed

Saturday 1st June 1991
Billy & Sarah Gaines - Friends Indeed
Billy & Sarah Gaines - Friends Indeed

STYLE: R&B
RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 6485-6371
LABEL: Benson CDO2617
FORMAT: CD Album

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

There's an album gathering dust somewhere in my attic which was Billy & Sarah's debut (I believe). It was so MOR, in an overblown Steve Green inspirational kind of way, that when I first played it I went scurrying to the turntable to check they hadn't inadvertently put some honkies in a black gospel sleeve. So it's with a little amusement that I listen to this decidedly funky set. I'd like to think that Friends Indeed' represents Mr and Mrs Gaines asserting their creative identity rather than a cynical A&R play to clamber aboard the BeeBee and CeeCee crossover soul gospel train. But whatever the reason the saccharine orchestrations have been dumped in favour of funky Fairlights and all manner of synth sequences. I for one approve of the change. As an album it's pretty good and Billy's light soulful tenor and Sarah's slightly nasal, slightly Deniece Williams-style vocals sound good on both the gospel soul ballads and the funky soul dancers.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Make Up Your Mind [Listen]
2. While You Wait [Listen]
3. A Friend Indeed [Listen]
4. He Says
5. Underlined
6. Compromise
7. Blood Washed
8. Faith In A Dangerous Place
9. Forgive
10. Till The Day

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Reader Comments

Posted by Desmond Winfrey in Kingsland, Ga @ 02:57 on Jan 26 2010

I love it,love it, love it. . wish I could fine some of the tracks



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