Vernessa Mitchell - Higher Ground

Sunday 1st July 1990
Vernessa Mitchell - Higher Ground

STYLE: Gospel
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: Command

Reviewed by Norman Smith

The USA, if the excellent 'Showtime At The Appollo' is anything to go by, turn out more soul talent than the West Indies churn out fast bowlers. If 'Opportunity Knocks' had displayed just one Vernessa Mitchell last year, the legendary Brenda Cochrane would not be wasting the time of recording studios. Here is a highly competent album which keeps you guessing; just when you think you've got it pigeonholed as 'gospel', it changes into slow, then stomping dance track. For openers, the title song (and probably the best on the album) is passionate, ending right where it intends - soaring high, the gospel harmonies lifting the listener with it. If you have to single out other songs on such such a consistent set, highspots include "Trust In The Lord" (a musical exposition of Proverbs 3:5-6) and "Fighting For Your Life" on side two. Overt Christian lyrics have rarely been as at home as on;this album. The production is top notch, masterminded by Kent Wash-burn and his team of producers; including one Lari Goss, whom I trust bears no relation to two certain teen-idol twin brother whose therapeutic, melodies have ministered to so many of us over the past three years. As for Vernessa Mitchell, there's only one question: When will she be famous?

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