Richard Smallwood - Persuaded: Live In DC

Friday 16th November 2001
Richard Smallwood - Persuaded: Live In DC
Richard Smallwood - Persuaded: Live In DC

STYLE: Gospel
RATING 5 5 5 5 5
LABEL: Verity 012414317223
RRP: £9.99

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

The appeal of Richard Smallwood (and in America he is a big seller) largely escapes me. He's found a fresh way of developing black choir music, not by taking the standard route of grafting on R&B and hip hop elements but by the less obvious routes of adding a symphony orchestra and arrangements that have flourishes lifted straight from Bach and Debusey. The end result, as heard here on the latest live set, is undoubtedly intriguing. And his latest aggregation contains some seriously soulful voiced divas. But the whole thing also comes across as forced and theatric so that even the occasional fragments of old school church-wrecking left this listener uninvolved. Yes, Richard remains an enigma to this reviewer.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Procession Of The Levites [Listen]
2. Anthem Of Praise [Listen]
3. My Everything [Listen]
4. My Everything Reprise [Listen]
5. Coronation Overture [Listen]
6. Coronation [Listen]
7. Psalm 8 [Listen]
8. Calvary Prelude [Listen]
9. Calvary [Listen]
10. Oh Lord We Praise You [Listen]
11. It Is Well With My Soul [Listen]
12. It Is Well With My Soul Reprise [Listen]
13. Hold On, Don't Let Go [Listen]
14. Hold On, Don't Let Go Reprise [Listen]
15. Nothing Without Your Love [Listen]
16. Oh How He Loves You And Me [Listen]
17. Your Love Divine [Listen]
18. Persuaded [Listen]

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Product Description
This live album was recorded at the magnificent Jericho City of Praise church in Landover and features a 9-piece band, horn section and 30-piece orchestra. Over 10,000 people watched one of gospel musicís most endearing vocalists ministering. The album features a great mix of strong new songs and several old favourites.

Reader Comments

Posted by RACHEL WANGUI in NAKURU, KENYA @ 06:11 on Nov 8 2006

I had one of the songs in this album "Praise waits" this last month this year and my life changed. Richard Smallwood touched ma heart. He is a true worshipper and may the lord increase in him the more. I need the DVD "Persuaded - live in DC" tell me the dollars to send and also give me his email address. God bless

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