The New York Times once summed up Darlene Love's amazing four-decade career perfectly when it said her "thunderbolt voice is as embedded in the history of rock and roll as Eric Clapton's guitar or Bob Dylan's lyrics." In the early '60s, that irrepressible voice fronted producer Phil Spector's legendary "Wall of Sound" on such classics as the number one "He's a Rebel," "Da Doo Ron Ron," "He's Sure the Boy I Love," and "Today I Met the Boy I'm Gonna Marry." It was also a key in the harmonic perfection of beloved hits like "Chain Gang," "Johnny Angel," "Rockin' Robin," "Monday Monday," and "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling." The release of Unconditional Love, her Harmony Records debut and first solo album in 15 years, fulfills for Love a lifetime dream of recording a pure gospel record reflecting the Lord's astounding influence on her life and her own commitment to musical ministry. Produced and arranged by legendary gospel producer Edwin Hawkins, Unconditional Love finds Love mining classics that are at the core of Baptist hymnals: "My Heavenly Father Watches Over Me," "I Trust in God," "Here I Am," "It Is Well With My Soul," "Don't Let Nobody Turn You Around," and "What a Friend We Have in Jesus."
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AllMusic Review by Jonathan Widran