Album review

Smokey Robinson - Food For The Spirit

Given his possession of a sweet soul voice in the vein of great gospellers like Claude Jeter, Al Green and Sam Cooke, a Smokey gospel album ought to be cause for anticipation. But Food For The Spirit is stuffed with clichés rendered in the blandest '80s nu-soul settings—all evil-sounding synth-horn stabs and ugly keyboard textures. Slow and turgid for the most part, the closest the album comes to joy is "I Praise And Worship You Father". But it's more than counterbalanced by the appalling "Gang Bangin'", an anti-gang bleat as ineffectual as it is musically bereft.

Rating: 1 / 10


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