Faith, Hope & Charity

Life Goes On

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Life Goes On Review

by Andrew Hamilton

Albert Bailey, Brenda Hillard, and Diane Destry, better known collectively as Faith, Hope & Charity, were Van McCoy's favorite background singers and demo artists. The albums McCoy produced for Faith, Hope & Charity invariably became elaborate demonstration discs. McCoy would often release the songs by Faith, Hope & Charity first, then record them later with better-known artists. The elastic, harmonica-driven "You're My Peace of Mind" is highly contagious, but didn't do much for Faith, Hope & Charity; McCoy later recorded a more successful version by David Ruffin. "Life Goes On," the title track, is moody; it did well on the R&B chart but, like much of the LP, isn't very moving. Only a few tracks and a medley featuring "Cherish" and "Monday, Monday" really hold your interest.

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