STYLE: Gospel RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 9729-9334 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: CD Album
Reviewed by Tony Cummings
The spoken intro to track two, "I'm Not Worried", says it all really. "Well here I am today. I'm over here with you now. Now I just want to tell those that wasn't always saying good things when I was out there singing '(Let Me Be Your) Rockin' Chair', . yeah you remember, . well guess what? I'm singing for Jesus now." This magnificent entrance into the gospel field by one of the great divas of '70s/'80s R&B is hugely welcome. For those R&B fans wanting the Miami soul sound of old, let me point them to "Home Awaiting" with its punchy horn section and its funky groove. Lovers of the old time gospel sound should check out "Back To Church" where timeless oldies like Fanny Crosby's "Pass Me Not" are given a run through in a joyful medley. Devotees of the diva's art of emotive vocalizing can swoon over the ballad "Highest Praise". To communicate this album's excellence I can do no more than quote Billboard's review. "The most delightful surprise is McCrae's no-doubt-about-it command of traditional can't-sit-still, Sunday morning gospel ('Back To Church', 'At The River', 'Will You Meet Me'). At the top of her form and in complete command of her material, McCrae proves herself to be no gospel dilettante." Amen to that.
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