Candi Staton - I Will Sing My Praise To You

Published Thursday 2nd April 2009
Candi Staton - I Will Sing My Praise To You
Candi Staton - I Will Sing My Praise To You

STYLE: Gospel
RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 74728-15213
LABEL: EMTRO Gospel 9315222
RELEASE DATE: 2009-02-27
RRP: £2.99

Reviewed by Phil Thomson

This has been billed Candi's first praise and worship project. This might be "live", so who knows? On the other hand, it's a slick, put-you-hands-together, well-mixed and mastered studio production, so who knows. Disappointingly, Staton seems to prefer her remarkable soulful alto voice to be wrapped around soap ad harmonies and bland orchestrations while the lyrics exude the kind of catch-all sincerity of any mega-church Sunday morning ramble, rather than letting loose on the angst and old school soul arrangements which made 2006's 'His Hands' project such a creative tour de force. The tracks here only raise their praise profile from the ponderous and preachy half-way through the album and too often the whole approach is fairly disconnected faux-funk, all tinkly and brassy, with chunky bass and the obligatory gospel organ here and there. There's a really stodgy cover of "Light Of The World" and something close to parody in that tedious kiddie track "Undignified". Most mystifying of all is "Our God Saves" which after a big rock promise build-up is immediately talk-sung down to walking pace - and yes, again, those soap ad b/vs answering every word. What an opportunity missed. Yet it still manages to be the wake-up track, thanks to an insistent, disciplined drum motif. Sadly, in the end it's the choir doing all the driving. Considering Candi's vast vocal talent still displayed on her secular releases, this is a major creative disappointment.

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Product Description
After a dozen successful gospel albums, Candi Staton joins the Emtro Gospel label to release her first praise & worship CD. Staton wrote half the songs on this jubilant 14-track offering that was produced by newcomer John Brockman and Marcus Williams. In addition to the self-penned title song, this CD features unique renditions of Israel & New Breed's "Alpha & Omega" and "Here I Am To Worship.” Candi also covers "Undignified" by Stephen Hurd/Matt Redman and Paul Baloche’s majestic anthem "Our God Saves.” Lead single, "Just Jesus," is a rousing track with an urgent vocal and a Sunday morning vibe.

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