Running back to you
'I never knew I’d fallen/Until I heard his callin’,’ sings Yazz of her Christian faith on ‘Freedom’, the slinky Brazilian bossa that opens ‘Running back to you’, her first recording for some years. The London-born singer, probably best known for her 1988 chart topper ‘The only way is up’, became a Christian in 1996 and has waited until now to make a praise and worship album that is as soulful as it is inspirational. Yazz’s cosmopolitan approach to music has resulted in a refreshing blend of jazz, soul, funk, bossa nova, world and dance – songs reminiscent of Des’ree that are permeated by her faith. She wrote seven of the songs. Of the rest, two are by the New Zealand-based Parachute Band, and one apiece by American CCM singer Scott Wesley Brown, American worship leader Marie Barnett and Eugene Paul-Emeralds, while a heartfelt a capella arrangement of John Newton’s classic hymn ‘Amazing Grace’ closes the album beautifully.
High: ‘Running Back To You’ is a song for the prodigal in all of us.
Low: Unfortunately this CD is unlikely to win Yazz any mainstream exposure outside of the Christian circuit. It deserves to.
Reviewed by James Tweed, a journalist, editor and consultant.