STYLE: R&B RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 2072-2678 LABEL: Columbia 7012760265 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RRP: £9.99
Reviewed by Kwaku
This young American female duo look set for big things both on the secular and gospel market. That's because they have very attractive vocals and the use the very same musical styles and beats currently popular within secular R&B. But somehow, even though their lyrical content is very much gospel-based, they've managed to appeal equally to the secular market. For example, their first single, "Shackles (Praise You)", has been a big hit in America and a favourite among R&B fans in the UK. That's been mainly through the support of the secular market. You have to hear funky cuts like "I Got It", "Joy", the Destiny's Child-featured "Good To Me" and the rap-laced "I Sings", to understand these young girls' appeal. They are no slouches when it comes to soulful ballads either - cuts like "Can't Give Up Now", "What A Friend", or the velvety harmonies-backed "Be Happy" and "One Minute", They close by going very churchy on "Wade In The Water", I love acts like Mary Mary who can appeal to young gospel lovers and the secular market, where I'd argue gospel music is needed even more. I can't recommend this album enough to any soul and R&B fan!
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Sisters Erica and Tina Atkin's highly acclaimed debut album offering funky R&B gospel alongside powerful ballads steeped in soulful intensity. Includes the hit single 'Shackles (Praise You), Still my child, What a friend'.