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"I Need An Angel"
© J Records
Year of Release: 2004
I Need An Angel
Center Of My Joy
Goin' Up Younder
Fix It Jesus
Shout To The Lord
Running Back To You
We Have Not Forgotten
I Surrender All
Ain't No Need To Worry
Don't You Give Up
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"I Need An Angel"
THIS ... is American Idol ...
Ruben Studdard becomes the first American Idol finalist to appear
on the pages of WSVNRadio. He was the winner of Season Two, as I still believe
that this season was the best. Recently, David Cook was crowned as the seventh
season's winner. Ruben Studdard released his second CD, I Need An Angel,
an album of beautiful soulful and gospel songs.
The title track is a great soulful song to start out the album, (written
by R. Kelly). "Center Of My Joy" is an even more soulful powerful
ballad (co-written by Bill & Gloria Gaither). The next track is just as
soulful - "Goin' Up Yonder."
"Fix It Jesus" is more upbeat gospel, maybe having a bit of a
Country/Gospel feel. The gospel favorite "Amazing Grace" has Ruben
making this song his own. "Shout To The Lord" is another touching
Gospel/Christian ballad, likewise "Running Back To You."
"Restoration" has a Stevie Wonder feel, "We Have Not Forgotten"
has the typical soulful sound of Ruben Studdard, likewise "I Surrender All."
"Ain't No Need To Worry" is upbeat, typical of the common R&B style.
The last song was co-written by Ruben Studdard; "Don't You Give Up,"
I Need An Angel is a good release. Some songs are better than
others, but the soulful ballads are the standouts. another typical common
sounding R&B song, in today's standards. Ruben Studdard would be dropped from
his label after his third release, The Return. Ruben's voice in general
is truly exceptional. It's the right songs that keep him popular. I Need
An Angel does have good songs. It was nice to see him sing a song written
by the Gaithers. It would be even more interesting if there was an entire
album of Gaither songs in the traditional Gaither style. All in all, I Need
An Angel is a good album, it will be even more enjoyed by the true R&B fans.
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