The Wades - A Family Thing

Tuesday 1st August 2000
The Wades - A Family Thing
The Wades - A Family Thing

RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
LABEL: Famecity Entertainment Ltd

Reviewed by Peter Dilley

It always seemed to me that the Wades were an unlikely signing for Kingsway Music, and no less puzzling was why such a hard working act produced so little recorded material. Perhaps the boys' Famecity label and 'A Family Thing' mark a new chapter for the popular soulsters, with over an hour of tunes, grooves and classy vocal harmonies. There's certainly renewed confidence here - 'Come With Me, Come Alive' they sing on musical/spiritual manifesto 'Soul Thing', and likewise 'Family Thing' celebrates the brothers' togetherness in both familial and spiritual senses. 'Shooting For The Moon' is a romantic ballad, but worship/devotional material features more strongly, with Jesus' love as the keynote - reflection and response in 'Friend', an evangelistic clarion call ('Love In A Million Ways'), intimacy with God ('I Worship You'), and simply finding life worth living ("Because Of You"). A series of 3s, "zones" in Dome-like terminology, punctuate the main track out Derek and Lloyd's dialogue in "Condition Of The Heart (Beats Zone)", food for thought without getting preachy. Though a la mode in contemporary R&B, a heavy reliance on programming is arguably a minor weakness - using more "real" instruments might have gained them a truly soulful 10/10 rating.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Intro - Groove Zone [Listen]
2. Soul Thing [Listen]
3. Freeze Frame [Listen]
4. Family Thing [Listen]
5. Friend [Listen]
6. Conditions Of The Heart (Interlude -Beats Zone) [Listen]
7. Homeward Bound [Listen]
8. The Word Is [Listen]
9. Soul Thing (Deany Boy Remix) [Listen]
10. Pouring It Over [Listen]
11. Shooting Fior The Moon [Listen]
12. Family Thing (Deany Boy Remix) [Listen]
13. Worship (Interlude - Worship Zone) [Listen]
14. Love In A Million Ways [Listen]
15. I Worship You [Listen]
16. Becaus Of You [Listen]
17. Freezeframe - Reprisal [Listen]

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Reader Comments

Posted by douglas in south africa @ 22:38 on Jan 13 2014

I have been searching for this album online and music shops any idea on how I can be able to get hold of such a great album

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