Michael Watford - Michael Watford

Wednesday 1st June 1994
Michael Watford - Michael Watford

STYLE: Dance/Electronic
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
LABEL: Eastwest 923232

Reviewed by Andy Payne

Several tracks on this album have been firm favourites on the better house mix shows in London and New York for several months now. The outstanding feature of this album is Michael's original and soulful vocal style, which make him one of house music's premiere vocalists, with a truly amazing depth to his voice. It is interesting to note that this album has been described in the secular music press as "Gospel House", indicating the acceptance of spiritually uplifting music as a distinct trend in dance music, as you might describe techno or garage for example. There are two outstanding tracks on this album, which nestle quite nicely along with the club smashes "Luv 4 2" and "So Into You". "Love To The World" should not be dismissed as just another "let's all live in peace and harmony because it's nice" clich├ęd song of unity. The passion in the vocals and the specific call for God's assistance and guidance come through very strong on this track. The outstanding track on the album is the Roger Sanchez produced "Michael's Prayer", which clocks in at a mighty seven minutes and 15 seconds. Based on a freaky and very jazzy house beat, which is quite unlike anything I have ever heard before, Michael basically offers prayers to end poverty and injustice, over the top. A very individual and innovative track, which takes a few plays to appreciate. A must for any dance music fans, however if you only listen to Christian music, you will only appreciate two of the 10 songs here.

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