STYLE: R&B RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 5876-5752 LABEL: Frontline CD9032 FORMAT: CD Album
Reviewed by Mike Rimmer
Jon Gibson's second Christian music release continued to see him develop his funky blue eyed soul music and, in the process, begin to break onto American Christian radio. Vocal comparisons to Stevie Wonder abound on this 1988 album but don't tell the whole story. Gibson was no simple copyist but one of the true originators in Christian music with the ability to work in many different styles. Standout tracks here include the opening cover of "Yah Mo B There" and the closing atmospheric "Technology Man" which sounds beautifully of its time. "Friend In You" is one of the finest ballads that Gibson ever recorded with a moving story and strong vocal performance. "The Wall" is a landmark recording in Christian music. It was the first rap song to ever chart in American Christian music. It was also the first recorded appearance of MC Hammer but I'm not sure we should thank JG for that! Overall, this is classy soul gospel from one of the most underrated talents in the whole CCM scene.
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