Clay Crosse

My Place Is With You

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Clay Crosse's 1993 debut release, My Place Is With You, belongs to the Michael Bolton school of adult contemporary pop, with his earnest -- occasionally overly so -- vocals. Given that, it's fairly good. Crosse's vocals are the star on this album, and he lives up to that admirably. Noteworthy tracks include "Give Him Roots," a song about teaching Christian fundamentals (it's better than it sounds), and "One Heart," a duet with Kathy Troccoli that pleads for Christian unity. Crosse's smooth voice compliments Troccoli's husky vocal style perfectly. "Love in the Right Hands" urges listeners to move past the human, imperfect loves in their lives and let in the love of God. Crosse is still developing as an artist here, and it feels like a fairly impersonal album, but his vocals, if not his bland overall style, show great promise.

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