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Uncloudy Days

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Artemis' Uncloudy Days promises an in-depth exploration of gospel music from the traditional to the contemporary, inspired by Bill Carpenter's Gospel Music Encyclopedia of the same name. That promise goes unfulfilled, as a majority of the genre's rich history remains woefully untapped -- late-'70s offerings from Walter Hawkins & the Hawkins Family ("Changed") and Andraé Crouch ("I'll Be Thinking of You") are as "steeped in history" as the collection gets. Slick, overproduced spirituals prevail, with only a blistering live rendition of "Amazing Grace" from the Blind Boys of Alabama to feed the soul, resulting in a boring and decidedly un-inspirational journey into slick late-'80s/mid-'90s soul-exaltation.

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