East To West - North Of The Sky

Friday 1st December 1995
East To West - North Of The Sky
East To West - North Of The Sky

RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
LABEL: Benson 8441840892
RELEASE DATE: 1995-09-28
RRP: £4.99

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

If a bit of blue-eyed soul is your cup of char then American duo East To West's second release will press all the right buttons. Neal Coomer and Jay Demarcus write and record songs with a great deal of pop polish and I couldn't help thinking that Coomer sings in a George Michael sort of way but then there's nothing wrong with that! Horns blow, rhythms bounce along and the boy's harmonies float faultlessly through the mix and it's all excellently packaged and produced by Bill Baumgart. But somehow to these ears, something is missing and I am left untouched by this set of songs! Lots of gloss and much to enjoy but this is all very pleasant without really connecting.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Don in state of Delaware @ 21:17 on Oct 12 2010

I have this cd in my huge ccm collection; great cd!!
CCM Radio played "Still in Love"; I immediately luved the song! I spent a long while trying to locate the song, and the duo who sang it. Just listen to those strong, pop- styled vocals of these 2 guys; they cause you to listen. I luv how "Still in Love" ends.
I luv the words to "This Time Around", another great tune! and a song for now! Great chorus on "Talk to ME". The 5th song on cd is cd title "North of the Sky";great title for a song! I luv this song completely!
I luv the line"Just meet me North of the sky where only Angels fly". I relate to the words of "All Over Again" great song Neal & Jay! Like Amy Grant has said, "Way to go, you nailed me!" Every song on this cd has its own uniqueness. There are also some familiar background vocalists like Bob Carlisle, John Elefante, Tommy Funderburk (who has done background vocals for Amy Grant's "unguarded"lp).
"When the Feeling is Gone" is another favorite that I just luv!!it has another great chorus of words that hit home. The cd closer "Hope for a Broken Heart"; a perfect song to end with; a message of hope.
Only 2 cds of songs from this great duo; they faded too fast!! GOD Bless! -Don

Posted by Jacqueline in Guidoumboouzianii @ 21:06 on Nov 20 2009

Jay! You are truely given your gifts from God,Don't ever go so high in life that you can not look up and see the face of God.If ever you look up and don't see God's face, know son that you have gone to far.Thank you for the opportunity of knowing you.I want see you again on this side of Heaven but i will see you North of the Sky.God did send me after you. God bless you and your family Jackie Jolena's MOM

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