These guys all have beautiful voices and have the ability to produce some intricate a capella harmonizations. I've been a fan of them and that style since the group's debut album. However, this album is heavy on slick, over-produced backing tracks and finds the sextet sounding like a boy band on many of the songs. A very, very good boy band but a boy band nonetheless. As always, the group is at its best when they stick to a capella gospel. Stick to your strength, boys. Regardless of my thoughts, this album won the Grammy award for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album.
Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #86
Peak on Billboard's R&B albums chart: #17
Tracks: The keepers here are My Friend (featuring Ray Charles), It's Gonna Rain, I've Got Life, and a reworked version of Ambrosia's Biggest Part Of Me. The penultimate track, Why I Feel this Way, isn't a great song, but it features Stevie Wonder so it is elevated enough to be memorable. Avoid the track Harmony because it inexplicably includes the rapping of Queen Latifah (nothing against Latifah, but the rap is sorely out of place here).
Personal Memory Associated with this CD: None
Previously revisited for the blog:
The Standard (2008)
Beautiful World (2002)
He Is Christmas (1991)
So Much 2 Say (1990)
Take 6 (1988)