The Word Remains
Starting with the very funky opening title cut, Washington continues to show adept in a range of styles, from the groove-ridden jams to soft ballads such as "Watchin' Me" and "Grateful".
Judging from the song title, you might guess that "Proverbs 31" would be one of Washington's gentler cuts. You'd be wrong! It's a slamming 'get-up-and-dance' tour-de-force in which she lets her powerful pipes celebrate the Biblical ideal of womanhood, as expressed in the well known chapter from the Book of Wisdom. Big Al drops a guest rap on the cut.
On "Enough Is Enough", Washington joins with Weatherspoon and Darnell Levine on vocals to express her desire to leave worldly "stuff". With a driving track and staccato vocal backgrounds punctuating the lyrics, this one strikes a memorable chord.
Other songs to note are the melodic and worshipful "Faithful God" and "The Lord is Exalted" with its horn laden jazz overtones.
Call The Word Remains another success for Benita Washington, and a sign that she's here to stay.
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— review by Stan North —
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