Nicholas - Dedicated

Sunday 1st July 1990
Nicholas - Dedicated

STYLE: Gospel
RATING 4 4 4 4
LABEL: Command 1003
FORMAT: Cassette Album
RRP: £4.99

Reviewed by Shireen Qureshi

-'Dedicated is surprisingly gospel in its ministry properties. The second track, "Tell Some­body" is nothing short of 'wicked'. It is a collection of powerful testimonies in good-old gospel funk. Elsewhere though the album is decidedly languid. "The Invitation" is a monologue by Phil which describes being before God on His throne during The Judgement. Phil makes it clear that "Hell ain't gonna be no party" then graphically describes the consequence of not giving in to Christ. It healthily uses music and the imagination, and leads to an actual appeal and then to a crescendo which unfortunately loses the whole effect where Brenda breaks outs out into an operatic Kiri Te Karawa 'sound-a-like' and the string arrange­ment is decidedly 'over-the-top'. After the big sales sucess of 'Dedicated' there had to be another celebration of Phil and Brenda's "lurve" for one another.

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