Richard Smallwood, Vision - Promises

Published Friday 7th December 2012
Richard Smallwood, Vision - Promises
Richard Smallwood, Vision - Promises

STYLE: Gospel
RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 106463-19227
LABEL: Verity 886975149926
RELEASE DATE: 2011-07-19
RRP: £12.99

Reviewed by Stephen Luff

This is the first album from Richard Smallwood since 2005. After the gospel star's mother died, he found songwriting difficult for a period of time. However, now Richard has been inspired to write a set of new songs, many based on the current troubles facing the world. This most gifted of gospel composers points the listener towards the promises of God rather than the depressing media messages which bombard us. These promises are reflected most melodramatically with the booming voice that opens the album on "Prelude Of Promise", quoting Scripture but sounding like a low budget film from the '50s! However, things quickly pick up. "God Of Promise", with the smooth, inspiring, foot tapping, gospel sound familiar to many, is hugely effective and it's followed by a series of strong songs. In fact, there is not a poor cut here and with Richard bringing such guests as Donald Lawrence on "Facts Are, Truth Is" and Lalah Hathaway on "Praying For Peace" to complement his amazing Vision choir, the performances are top rate. It is inspiring to see a major artist rise up to the challenge of building up God's people.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Prelude Of Promise [Listen]
2. God Of Promise [Listen]
3. Sow In Tears [Listen]
4. Mender [Listen]
5. Is There Any Way- [Listen]
6. I'm Forgiven [Listen]
7. Facts Are, Truth Is (Feat Donald Lawrence) [Listen]
8. Praying For Peace (Feat Lalah Hathaway) [Listen]
9. Be Faithful [Listen]
10. Standing [Listen]
11. Unbroken Promises [Listen]
12. Promised Me Grace [Listen]
13. Unchangeable [Listen]
14. Trust Me [Listen]
15. Postlude Of Trust [Listen]

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Product Description

Richard Smallwood is indeed a man of vast talents. A singer, songwriter, arranger and producer, his stellar career has spanned decades. His latest recording, Promises, is sure to be met with enthusiasm.

Richard Smallwood fans are going to love his newest collection of songs. Recorded live in studio, Promises has the same magical quality that is a signature of all Richard Smallwood recordings.

Backed by his incomparable choir Vision, Richard delivers powerful songs that will make you jump to your feet! And, as always, each song is laced with the lush harmonies, melodies and orchestral arrangements that have always been a Smallwood staple.

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