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BeBe & CeCe Winans

Perhaps there's no more celebrated duo in modern music history than BeBe & CeCe Winans. The sibling tandem is one of only two gospel acts in history to ever debut atop Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Charts (with their 1991 "Different Lifestyles" release) and has an astounding five Grammys, eight Doves, and over twelve Stellar awards to their credit. Individually, the dynamic duo has achieved incredible musical success.

So, a fifteen year layoff as a recording tandem in no way hampers the anticipation for their new effort. The duo in no way disappoints with their newest release, Still, a twelve-track presentation that merely adds to their legendary status (hear the audio clips).

CD For years, BeBe Winans has proven to be one of the industry's most prolific writers. He contributes that gift, writing or co-writing or half of the album. Add to that, the team garners several A-list producers to add their touch to the effort. Longtime collaborator Keith Thomas returns to produce a third of the album, while other hit-makers Percy Bady, Warryn "Baby Dubb" Campbell, and Mervyn Warren make worthy contributions to the effort.

The album has no shortage of star power as several new recorded vocal collaborations surface. The Winans pair reach to their family, as their brother, Bishop Marvin Winans lends his power and distinct vocals to "Things". Fellow BET Sunday Best judges Mary Mary join the party on the urban-pop flavored "Let It Be".

For all of the power of the production and vocal collaborations, nothing outshines the pure integrity of this duo's musical gifting and continued lyrical relevance. Having never felt confined to having to "define" their music, the duo continues their tradition of presenting the gospel in a palatable and accessible way that has an unmistakable universal appeal. Whether it's the 80s tinged "A Reason To Dance" or the reggae-flavored "He Can Handle It", the duo acknowledges life issues from the challenged economy to national disasters, all the while pointing listeners to the One who holds the solution.

The album is chock full of so many memorable moments that it will really take multiple listens to grasp the full nature of the effort. Songs like the infectious, chart-topping radio hit "Close To You" and the smooth CeCe Winans/Percy Bady-penned "The Garden" reflect on the need and desire for the creation to be close their Creator.

The family love continues as CeCe's son Alvin Love III pens the progressive, dance-driven "Changed My World".

Perhaps the entire experience can be encapsulated in the album's title track which masterfully references several hits from the duo's extensive catalogue. The track, like the entire effort, is simply brilliant.

This duo hasn't lost a step. They are STILL relevant, STILL breathtaking, STILL inspirational. Welcome back, BeBe & CeCe.

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Production: Keith Thomas, Percy Bady, Warryn Campbell, Mervyn Warren
album release date: Sept, 2009
B&C Records / Malaco

— review by Gerard Bonner

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