STYLE: R&B RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 127129-19356 LABEL: Shanachie 5796 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Samuel Parker
A breath of fresh air, Take 6 released the gospel-fueled 'One' in 2012 coinciding with their 25th year in the industry and it doesn't disappoint. Stripped back to minimal instrumentation with a main focus on vocal harmonising, the gospel sextet use the album to recount Biblical stories through tracks such as "Noah" whilst others such as "You're Gonna Need Him" focus more on telling us about our need for Jesus in our lives. Despite the quite obvious biblical messages behind each song, the smooth and often fun vocal arrangements do well to make 'One' accessible to all; including those who don't deem themselves 'church goers'. If that's not enough, Motown legend Stevie Wonder even makes a guest appearance on the album, joining the group for Take 6's beautiful acappella version of his own song "Can't Imagine Love Without You". Not content with conforming to a specific style of music, 'One' is a perfect example of what this group is all about. Somewhere between gospel, R&B, jazz and funk, Take 6 find themselves content in their own unique style, whilst continuing to keep their faith at the centre of their songs.
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