Charles Johnson & The Revivers - We Cannot Stand Alone

Tuesday 1st August 1995
Charles Johnson & The Revivers - We Cannot Stand Alone

STYLE: Gospel
RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
LABEL: Canaan 7019532632

Reviewed by Tony May

A somewhat untypical mix of music, firmly rooted in early black gospel quartet sounds, but tacking on soul, blues, R&B and even rural country strands. "I'm Giving You A Warning Sinner" pumps out some powerful harmony vocals allied to a thrusting beat and hot preachin' message. Very effective. The soul-based tracks are restrained and laid back, a pleasing change from some of the more frantic practitioners of the art. "It's Gonna Rain" has a solidly honking brass section on a good old fashioned hand clapping, foot stomping gospel session. "At The Meeting" has the album's best example of classic quartet harmony singing to close the album. If you rated such as The Five Blind Boys and the Soul Stirrers, this is something approaching a modern version which you should enjoy.

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