CLC Youth Choir - Whatever It Takes

Saturday 1st February 1992
CLC Youth Choir - Whatever It Takes

STYLE: Gospel
RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
LABEL: Command 7015517035X

Reviewed by Chris Tozer

Titles can be deceptive. No, this is not the CLC bookstore chain/distribution company, but a certain Christian Life Centre in Stockton, California. Even the singing is deceptive - they're no more a black gospel choir than the Swedish Choralema were back in 1973. The cover photo shows that most of the kids are white. Neither is it all typical choir material - both the musical styles and the instruments used are very much rooted in 1992. Rapping is particularly used to ensure lyric clarity in crucial places. So this is no run-of-the-mill black gospel choir album. True, there are the predictable elements - a traditional spiritual, an Edwin Hawkins song and the generally simplistic lyrics. Yet, there are some refreshingly original words about "Powerless Religion" and the San Andreas Fault line amongst the best. Worth looking for.

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