STYLE: R&B RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 106480-17765 LABEL: New Voice FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Keren Perrott
If old school sweet, soulful sounds are your thing this 12-song album will be right up your R&B alley. Having said that, some may find some of the music on 'Shelter In The Storm' a little saccharine and indeed there is a fine line between slick and sickly. But this Dallas-based gospel minister lands on the right side of the fence. The opening track is a strong starter, giving a glimpse of the singer's own personal testimony and showcasing smooth vocal harmonies; listening to "Back 2 The Streets - I Don't Think So" and "God Is Love" it will come as no surprise that Metcalf once performed with the likes of Al Green and The Chi-Lites before turning to music ministry. The sound is easy on the ear yet it's clear that Metcalf also brings a burning passion to tell his story of transformation through Christ; he co-wrote several tracks on the album, which does create a particularly personal feel to the project. Partly because of the easy-listening spin on R&B that the album takes, it might take a second listen to really hear the story that Metcalf wants to tell. But it's worth it as there are some real gems here.
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