O'Landa Draper And The Associates Choir - All The Bases

Friday 1st April 1994
O'Landa Draper And The Associates Choir - All The Bases
O'Landa Draper And  The Associates Choir - All The Bases

STYLE: Gospel
RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
LABEL: Word 7019363601

Reviewed by Andy Charalambous

As a choir director, O'Landa Draper is known for his flamboyant style when conducting the vocal masses. Unfortunately, his reputation may take something of a dive here as, sadly, this is an album full of highs and lows. If you're looking for something set typically in the black gospel mould, then you could be disappointed. Indeed, the first two tracks, "God Specialises" and "I Yield My All To Thee" lead you into thinking you're in for a rousing time as the choir open the proceedings in fine voice until you hit the unaccompanied songs. These titles lack any real depth and contrast so badly with what the choir does as a whole, you'd think you were listening to two different recordings. When O'Landa does use the choir to full effect, you get a different sensation - a real lifting. "Seek Ye The Lord" and "We Praise You" testify this point in great detail whereas "We Change The World" could have come straight out of an ad for Coca Cola! Unless you are a keen follower of O'Landa's ministry, consider purchasing with caution.

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