Vanessa Bell Armstrong - Brand New Day

Friday 16th November 2001
Vanessa Bell Armstrong - Brand New Day
Vanessa Bell Armstrong - Brand New Day

STYLE: Gospel
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 3864-4353
LABEL: Tommy Boy Gospel TBCD1527
FORMAT: CD Album
ITEMS: 1

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

Bringing in the Haddon Brothers has done wonders for the veteran Detroit diva, moving her from the standard realm of black church traditionalist into the potentially lucrative R&B gospel field. Certainly Vanessa has the awesome pipes to make the transition, her Aretha Franklin-style phrasing swooping and soaring across lolloping programmed grooves works well, while the addition of guest rapper on "Make A Way" is a delight. There are some old style testifyin' and hollerin' like on the choir driven ballad "Do What He Said" to please her church-wrecking crowd. But it's the new, attention grabbing grooves which will attract most attention.

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