MUSIC: CISSY HOUSTON: MOTOWN WITH ANGELS' WINGS

CISSY HOUSTON TAKES GOSPEL BACK TO ITS ROOTS IN THE BLUES

REALLY GREAT GOSPEL SOMEtimes sounds like the devil. There are howls, whoops, shrieks, stomping feet, menacing bass licks and orgasmic musical undulations that would be downright sinful if they weren't being done in the name of the Lord. All this is no accident--gospel by its very form has the power to take worldly emotions and transform them into something sacred, something uplifting. Unfortunately, much of what passes for gospel today is too slick, too processed, too angelically artificial to tap into the essential emotions and sublime passions that are provoked by the genre's original, rootsier form. There's no salvation to be...

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