STYLE: Gospel RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 21205-12497 LABEL: Verity 886970221122 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 2 RELEASE DATE: 2006-11-30 RRP: £14.99
Reviewed by Andy Cooper
Yolanda Adams undoubtedly has one of the finest and most revered voices in modern gospel music. This double album charts her rise through the '90s, with recordings taken from each of her albums between 1991 and 1998. It's interesting to compare her earlier performances with her later ones: during this time you can tell how her voice matured and became richer. Some of her earlier songs have a slight shrillness in the high notes, while the newer recordings reveal a deeper and more confident vocal delivery. So the more recent the recording, the more essential it is. Yolanda has a range to rival Whitney Houston, a jazziness influenced by Nancy Wilson and a funkiness gleaned from Stevie Wonder. Also, throughout these years the production values and performances from her band have been pretty faultless, capturing the fire and energy of the up-tempo songs such as "Only Believe" and. . . oh, perhaps that's the only one here? And the smoothness and power from the ballads such as "What About The Children?", "The Battle Is The Lord's" and "Still I Rise". So if you're happy with the slower (yet highly dynamic) tracks full of faith-building lyrics and soaring lead vocals and didn't get the chance to discover Yolanda during the last decade, this is the right lotion for your itching ears.
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Yolanda Adams has been amazing listeners and audience for years with her trademark pioneering spirit and boundless optimism.
Spiritually infectious, inspiring and soulful, Yolanda's voice reaches out to more and more people everyday. 'I understand my purpose. I understand what I was put here for. I take that on every day of my life,' Yolanda explains.
This double album is a collection of great songs from this multi-Stellar and Dove Award-winning artist.