Cassandre McKinley: Baring the Soul: The Music of Marvin Gaye (2005)
The thing that appears to hold this disc back and contribute to the lack of emotion in McKinley's vocals is the relationship between the vocals and the music. The musicians lead McKinley through each song, and she adjusts her vocals accordingly to fit the music. Most of the arrangements on Baring the Soul have been changed in some way"Pride and Joy, for example, gets a country and western spin, while "Let's Get it On has been acousticized. Although McKinley consistently delivers good vocals, she never truly bares her soul because she allows herself to follow the stylings of the musicians. And as a result, the meaning in the songs' lyrics is lost.
When an artist bares his or her soul, the intended audience can usually expect to be made privy to that person's truth. Baring the soul is about revealing and sharing what is on the inside (good and bad) and presenting who you are right in the midst of being. There are singers who have successfully shared their truths through music, but the really great singers can get audiences to understand the value of their own truthwith the right song. All in all, Baring the Soul is exactly what it claims to be, the music of Marvin Gaye. An album full of Marvin Gaye songs where the lyrics play second fiddle... ain't that peculiar?
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Track Listing: Trouble Man; I Want You; Til Tomorrow; I Wish It Would Rain; Let's Get It On; Pride And Joy; Your Precious Love; I Won't Cry Anymore; After The Dance; If This World Were Mine
Personnel: Brad Hatfield- piano and synth. Marty Ballou- acoustic and electric bass Vinny Pagano- drums and percussion Dino Govoni- tenor sax Stephen Angellis- guitar Lexi Angellis- rain stick
Record Label: Drexi Records