Vaneese Thomas - When My Back's Against The Wall

Thursday 1st April 1999
Vaneese Thomas - When My Back's Against The Wall

RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
LABEL: Peaceful Waters

Reviewed by Trevor Kirk

The title track is a marvellous soulful ballad which was picked up for major airplay on UCB Europe. Ms Thomas wrote nearly all the songs featured on this album. It's mainly relatively safe commercial soul-type music and she doesn't often stray into more radical territory, but there are exceptions. "By Faith " is a slab of funky call and response and "Tapestry Of Splendour" and "Psalm 144" have some swinging grooves, but as for the rest, they're inspirational easy listening: well written, well sung, but nothing to get the pulses racing. A little more adventure would've pushed up the square rating, as it's impeccably produced, with a tight band and excellent backing singers, who make all the right noises in all the right places. It has its moments; I personally wish that there were more of them.

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