LET THEM FALL IN LOVE – CECE WINANS
Review By Christopher Heron
It’s been almost 9 years since CeCe Winans released a record. Such a prolonged absence set up the atmosphere for anything from one of Gospel’s leading ladies. Fortunately for us all, Let Them Fall In Love is the epic release we’ve been waiting and wanting for from Ms Winans.
The album opens in grand style with He’s Never Failed Me Yet, a lovely tune touting the faithful hand of the Father. The nifty musical arrangements are altogether reminiscent of Nat King Cole, with a big band lending its support to CeCe’s s pristine vocals. The throwback sound is in full effect on Run To Him, as CeCe personifies the sound and spirit of the Supremes on this Motown remake. CeCe sings with such sincerity on this song. This feel-good jingle definitely puts Jesus at the center of her devotion.
On Hey Devil!, CeCe shows she’s not afraid to get her hair messy, as she digs deep and pelts out some raw notes with the legendary Clark Sisters. This joyous stomp-on-the-devil doozie delivers in a classic sound-of-soul way made popular by the likes of the late Sharon Jones. CeCe and her childhood friends bring so much energy and enthusiasm to the song, you’re sure to join in on the celebration.
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There’s a running theme to her near-perfect album. Keep it clean, classic and Christ-centric. CeCe adds her incomparable yet conscientious vocals to every track. On Peace From God, CeCe spins this mid-tempo tune into a seemingly, effortless Dionne Warwick-like beauty. The throwback vibe is all over this track, with perfect peace in both its message and music.
CeCe Winans spreads her artistic wings on the ballad, Why Me? a country classic composed by actor and Music City legend, Kris Kristofferson. Ms Winans masterfully remakes the song into a style the most stringent Gospel fans will feel. On Lowly, the influence and admiration for the late Andrae Crouch shines through, musically. The production is stripped down, as the spiritually quantity is boosted.
The first single on the record, Never Have To Be Alone, is the signature sound CeCe has nurtured over her 30 year career…mild, melodic and all-about-ministry. Winans works that comforting message with slow cadence and her candy-coated vocals. It’s easy to see why CeCe is so beloved, after so many decades. On Dancing In The Spirit, CeCe teams up with the original artist of this 80s hit song, Hezekiah Walker & The Love Fellowship Choir. The remake is a definite winner worth multiple downloads. CeCe shows she’s still got it.
As the album wraps up, as Winans works in a sacred selection that pulls at your heartstrings called, Marvelous, a beautiful balled with all the accoutrements. We hear a church girl glorifying God in song and spirit. CeCe is in her element, elevating her Savior like only she can. The record ends on a loving note with the title track, Let Them Fall in Love (With You), a song that captures the core of her narrative…her intimate conversation with Christ.
As the world tunes into Ms Winans this time around, we hear one of the legends in Gospel wanting to save the world, through the gentle embrace of Jesus Christ. The beautiful message is told in such a melodious and merry way that Let Them Fall In Love ends up being her best work in many years.