Siani - Love Is

Tuesday 1st March 2005
Siani - Love Is
Siani - Love Is

RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 11951-9535
LABEL: Independent 829226000157
RRP: £14.99

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

This album has been a long time coming but now it is! The trio of Simone, Agery and Nicholle, whose names combine to spell the word Siani, have spent the last couple of years establishing themselves on the gospel circuit with single releases, live appearances and an awful lot of hard work. Somehow they manage to make slick, sophisticated British sounding R&B gospel with as much panache as the yanks and with lyrics that are cliché free and ripe to cross over into the mainstream. Having met and interviewed the girls along the way, they are uncompromising about the Gospel and what better theme for a gospel album than "love". The combination of their soulful voices blends together perfectly and the adventurous grooves propel this gem along. Talking of gems, the album has already picked up a GEM Award in Birmingham late last year and it's well deserved. The girls make such infectious memorable music that more than half this album could be released as singles. Top of the pile for me is the title cut which became the theme for my summer on Rimmerama - a totally brilliant song! But tracks like "Gonna Be Alright", "The Corner", "Get Up On The Floor", "Love Ya" and "Missing You" are all equally funky. "Ease Up", the collaboration with Witness, is high energy but then there are the quieter moments! "Ties", "God's Ways" and the closing ballad "As A Flower" allow the girls to show off their vocal chops and minister, but musically, the best ballad is the brilliant prodigal song "Coming Home" with its slow R&B vibe. This is totally superb and Siani are a class R&B gospel act!

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