STYLE: R&B RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 58437-14993 LABEL: Intering FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Andy Cooper
Church featured a lot in the Ohio upbringing of James Ingram, and his most famous hit written and performed with Michael McDonald back in the '80s was reported to have been originally called "Yahweh Be There". Still, after a couple of decades, James' well rounded and silky-yet-rough voice carries a strong identity and conveys emotion and feeling like few can. The medium-slow songs are the strong ones, such as the anthemic title track and the falsetto ridden "Mercy". However, the old hymn "Blessed Assurance" and "Beneath The Snow" can test the listeners' patience with the saccharine string arrangements and clichéd keyboard sounds. The most pleasing moment by far is when "Yah Mo Be There" starts, with its unashamed '80s synth riffs, iconic electronic drum fills and cunningly catchy chorus. It would have been a crime not to include this song.
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