Take 6 - Join The Band

Saturday 1st October 1994
Take 6 - Join The Band
Take 6 - Join The Band

RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 15161-21212
LABEL: Warner Alliance WBD4150

Reviewed by Kwaku

The group were surprised when their gig in London last year was introduced as "their last acapella tour". Their record company advertised this album with the headline: "What does a platinum selling a cappella group do after three successful albums? Buy instruments." They then point out they were instrumentalists prior to setting up the group, cynics may wonder if they haven't succumbed to the dictates of American radio's narrowcast format. The album kicks off with the swingbeatish "Can't Keep Going On And On", followed by the soulful "All I Need (Is A Chance)" and just as you're hankering for their trademark acapella style, they oblige in fine style on "My Friends" with Ray Charles on lead vocals (other guest artists include Stevie Wonder, Brian McKnight, Queen Latifah and Herbie Hancock). The jazzy "It's Gonna Rain", the lush soulful ballad "You Can Never Ask For Too Much" and the two acapellas and the most upfront gospel tracks, "I've Got Life" and "Even Though", display great arrangements and vocal harmonies. This album will please some old fans and make more new ones.

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