Wilson Williams

Up The Downstairs

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The pounding, disco-oriented "Up the Downstairs" is the best uptempo track here, and it deserved a better fate, but its flip, the funky "Sho You Rite," fought it for exposure, diluting both songs. The disappointing "Faith Will Bring It Home" and "Take Me the Way I Am" don't measure up to Williams' vocals, while the songs written by George McGregor and Richard Flowers are, at best, average. Producer Wayne Henderson seems out of his element on uptempo cuts, but right at home on ballads and midtempo numbers like the soulful "Thank You for Loving Me," "The Greatest Story Ever Told," and the floating "All That Glitters Ain't Gold." Williams' gospel-influenced vocals are impressive throughout.