Divine Nature - Part Of Me

Thursday 1st June 2000
Divine Nature - Part Of Me

RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
LABEL: Hendrix

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

Divine Nature are an urban gospel group from New York comprising four men who sing with tight harmonies in inspiring fashion. The influences are classical quartet singing filtered through a Winans kick. This album is recorded in a live setting with a partisan home crowd who seem to scream with teenybop affection at everything the boys do. Whilst there's clearly a pile of talent here, the album is a satisfying meal without being a feast. The live sound is a bit muggy in places and the audience sound like they're five miles from the stage. The musical sound is contemporary but never cutting edge. There's no doubt that Divine Nature are sold out for Jesus and the songs are uncompromisingly Gospel in content but there's still something missing in the overall feel of the album. The highlight of the set is the pleading ballad title track which is incredible but the main problem with this album is that after the initial excitement it calms into one soulful slow song after another. A little more variety next time will show what these boys are really made of.

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