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Greatest Gospel Hits: 10 Songs by Aaron Neville

Cross Rhythms Rating: 9/10
CD: Album
Tags: CD, Gospel, Album, Top Rated
Compilation of gospel standards from the New Orleans soul legend.

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  1. 1. Steer Me Right
  2. 2. I Saw The Light
  3. 3. Morning Has Broken
  4. 4. Bridge Over Troubled Water
  5. 5. What A Friend We Have In Jesus
  6. 6. If I Had A Hammer
  7. 7. Jesus Loves Me
  8. 8. Amazing Grace
  9. 9. Let Go
  10. 10. I Shall Be Released
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9/10

Reviewed by Mark Hewerdine

This compilation has the look of a hurriedly produced money-spinner bringing together tracks from just two albums in a no-frills package. However, this belies the quality of the content - 10 familiar gospel oldies given a run through by one of the great voices in R&B/pop. The cliché "he could make the Telephone Directory sound good" is appropriate to Aaron. The hoe-down favourite "I Saw The Light" is given a refreshingly laidback shuffle treatment, whilst the sparseness and passion of "Morning Has Broken" lift it way beyond memories of school assemblies. Neville's vocals are effortless throughout shifting from rich tenor to sweet falsetto on "If I Had A Hammer" and "I Shall Be Released". The musicianship is also first-rate, supportive and never attention-grabbing. The only criticism would be the tendency to drag the pace at times. Even a voice so magnificent is not enough to convincingly stretch "Jesus Loves Me" over four minutes, though listen out for some sumptuous backing vocals (a highlight throughout). The time and space provided on "Amazing Grace" on the other hand allow Neville to sweep and soar to dramatic and moving effect. So perhaps the old adage "don't judge a book by its cover" holds true - cheap packaging can't hide great music.

Style: Gospel
Cross Rhythms Product Code: 50226
Product Format: CD
Content Type: Album
Cat. Code: EMI Gospel 5099923718227
Items: 1
Release Date: 07 Nov 2008

Compilation of gospel standards from the New Orleans soul legend.

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