Ruth La'Ontra - So Good

Published Thursday 23rd June 2016
Ruth La'Ontra - So Good
Ruth La'Ontra - So Good

STYLE: Gospel
RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 147237-21845
LABEL: Tyscot
RELEASE DATE: 2013-11-12

Reviewed by Philip Laing

Considering the vast number of talented singers there are in the African American Church, gospel's long established Tyscot Records can be very picky about who they sign. So this debut from a North Carolina-based singer shows Ruth to be a top rate vocalist, though, on the evidence here, not a particularly distinctive one and I suspect a stronger album than 'So Good' will be needed to put her up there with the Tamela Manns and Yolanda Adamses. "Thank You" features an unexpected rock style intro before Ms La'Ontra powers in with "Come on if I tell you've got a reason to thank him/Open up your mouths and say thank you." The title track features a more standard gospel style arrangement with organ, piano, horns and guitar while "I'm In Love With This Guy" features a choir-led chorus as the singer adds some impressive flourishes. All in all, an album let down by lack of production focus and some pretty heard-it-all-before lyrics.

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