STYLE: Gospel RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 1546-2067 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RRP: £11.99
Reviewed by Tony Cummings
The sleeve tells us that “this album is in memory of Mahalia Jackson,” but in truth this is light years away from that great gospel matriarch. It’s hard to know where to start in identifying this album’s numerous faults. For a start Mr Wanda has a voice more enthusiastic than tuneful, happy to shout the notes he can’t reach. Secondly, the accompaniments are all courtesy of a decidedly elementary programmer so that whether it’s a cornball Pentecostal medley (“Miracle Medley”), a dramatic instrumental ballad (“The Lamb”), or a cod rap (“No Gold Diggers”) the effect is truly excruciating. No doubt this dear brother is much loved in his local church. But until there is a great improvement in songwriting, performance and arrangement, I can only lovingly suggest he stays clear of recording studios.
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