Compromised but still wonderful!
Samuel T Mitchell | Sydney, Australia | 09/27/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"An interesting offering from LBM. As far as I can tell their first recording with intrumental accompaniment (four tracks) and this makes it very accessible (and no doubt an aberration to hypocritical western 'purists'!:-)). I bought this CD on the strength of 'Leaning on the Everlasting Arm' a slightly modified version of this well known Christian hymn. LBM team up with the Winans (of conteporary Black Gospel fame) on this track and the interplay between two different styles of African singing is either delightful or jarring depending on your viewpoint! As a white boy from Oz I found it entrancing. LBM's earthy singing contrasts beutifully with the polished Motown sound of the Winans and the programmed drum track carries the whole thing superbly. Other stand out tracks are 'Township Jive' which like 'Leaning' also has intrumental support and 'Love Your Neighbour' which avoids being preachy and showcases LBMs more traditional singing. If you've never heard LBM before (and your not familiar with the traditional singing that they are famous for) then I highly reccommend this as a chance to hear both their trad and more contemporary sound. In any case these guys make shimmering, beautiful music - you won't waste your money! Nevertheless, purists beware!"