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Solid and fresh,
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This review is from: Walking Miracle (Audio CD)
Missionary VBA is back and applying her own brand of ministry and interpretation to today's inspirational sounds, which she has always done in her studio recordings.
The Jerkins Crew, J Moss, Smokie Norful are among the producers on this all-too-brief project. While none of the 10 songs are standouts, all of them are memorable and original with the exception of the opening cut, which is too obviously an R. Kelly/"God's Grace" ripoff. Just when you're getting into some of them, they fade out a bit too quickly ... and the set list is already short. But brevity beats bloatedness.
While Vanessa's voice has changed a bit -- it's been nearly 25 years since "Peace Be Still" -- overall it's held up well over time. The quality of her tone and flexibility still really can't be compared to anyone else (besides the obvious Aretha influence) and for the most part it's hard to believe you're listening to someone in her 50's. If you liked the way she sounded on her 2001 set "Brand New Day" you'll like the way she sounds here.
I have only one problem with this set, being a HUGE fan of 'Nessa's voice. Those lovely and soulful ad-libs are sometimes buried so far down in the mix that you really have to listen extra hard to hear what she's doing vs. the background vocalists. Why did the producers or execs feel that was necessary? Yes, there are some imperfections here and there but that's often where the character and passion are.
Regardless, most people won't mind that. I am grateful for the messages, ministry and music that Ms. Armstrong delivers on WALKING MIRACLE. Recommended for anyone that wants a time capsule of choice contemporary gospel circa 2007 delivered by a phenomenal vocalist who still has much to offer.