Walter Hawkins

Love Alive V: 25th Anniversary Reunion

  • AllMusic Rating
  • User Ratings (0)
  • Your Rating

AllMusic Review by

Walter Hawkins, one of the most prominent and popular singers in the contemporary gospel/Christian scene, "presides" over a concert that includes two large choirs and inspired, soulful soloists. This two-CD set is full of intense, almost ecstatic, testifying for the Lord. Whatever your religious beliefs, the power of these performances is undeniable. Though the subject matter is spiritual rather than secular, Hawkins has a powerful clear voice in the vein of pop music singers like Teddy Pendergrass and the classic soul/R&B vocalists of the '70s. The musical backing is spare: guitars, drums, keyboards, bass and strings (also patterned after the melodious sounds of '70s R&B), providing cushion-like support for the uniformly superb singing.

blue highlight denotes track pick