Mountain High...Valley Low
Yolanda Adams comes out the blocks smoking with her debut release
on her new label, Elektra Records.
Lord I think of you.
I forget about everything else.
There’s only you and I can’t think about ever givin’ up,
Ever givin’ up the fight.
The only thing that matters
When I’m goin’ thru
Is givin’ my fragile heart right back to you"
This Toni Braxton-esque mid-tempo song is produced by Buster and Shavoni and hides the treasure of Ricky Grundy on strings.
Yolanda says that “In the Midst of it All”, Kevin Bond authored and produced, will probably be compared to “The Battle is the Lord’s” on her Save the World album. In a familiar formula, but definitely it’s own song, “The Midst” starts out with the lovely tinkling on the keys by Bond behind Yolanda and builds to include a full choir that eventually winds into a drive that goes on and on until you just can’t take anymore!
Other highlights include “Open my Heart”, a ballad written and produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, featuring Stokley of Mint Condition on drums. Kelly Price joins Yolanda for “Coming Back”. Fred Hammond writes and produces on “Continual Praise”, an uptempo jam complete with background vocals.
You can’t go wrong with this release that offers a lot of something to everyone. The project manages continuity and flow despite the diverse range of producers. A testimony to great production and Adams’ broad ability and appeal, Mountain High…Valley Low manages to be a jack of all trades and a master of them too.
— reviewed by Melanie Clark —
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