Food for the Spirit

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Barnes & Noble - Lisa Zhito
Singer/songwriter/producer Smokey Robinson brought the world such smooth-groove romantic classics as "Cruisin'," "Second That Emotion," and "My Girl." Now the R&B legend turns his attention in an inspirational direction with Food for the Spirit. Six years in the making, Spirit is Robinson's first foray into the contemporary Christian genre -- no, this isn't a gospel record, and yes, there is a difference. Robinson wrote all nine of the tracks, with lyrics that answer life's challenges with Christian principles and Scripture. Musically, the songs offer his trademark mellow vibe ("Jesus Told Me to Love You" and "Let Your Light Shine on Me"), though a few cuts lean in a ...
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Barnes & Noble - Lisa Zhito
Singer/songwriter/producer Smokey Robinson brought the world such smooth-groove romantic classics as "Cruisin'," "Second That Emotion," and "My Girl." Now the R&B legend turns his attention in an inspirational direction with Food for the Spirit. Six years in the making, Spirit is Robinson's first foray into the contemporary Christian genre -- no, this isn't a gospel record, and yes, there is a difference. Robinson wrote all nine of the tracks, with lyrics that answer life's challenges with Christian principles and Scripture. Musically, the songs offer his trademark mellow vibe ("Jesus Told Me to Love You" and "Let Your Light Shine on Me"), though a few cuts lean in a soul direction ("He Can Fix Anything" and "Gang Banging"). "I Praise & Worship You, Father" is the only traditional gospel track on Spirit, its rhythmic harmonies and piano strains giving the collection a powerful dose of church. Longtime fans will hear in Food for the Spirit easy grooves reminiscent of great Robinson tracks, while his pristine vocals retain their "Tears of a Clown" clarity. Lyrically, Smokey is poetic with a pinch of preaching ("I guarantee God can see you gang bangin'... Love thy neighbor as thyself, put those weapons on the shelf"). But it's a pleasure when the sermon is delivered by a musical genius like Robinson, especially when he's still in fine form.
All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Food for the Spirit is Smokey Robinson's entry into the contemporary gospel music field. He wrote all nine tracks and enlisted the help of producer and arranger Michael Stokes as well as D'Andre Franklin and Clinton Stokes III. Food for the Spirit is a slick, very contemporary soul-gospel recording. The production is pure crystalline sheen. It is pervasive and large and at times overwhelms Robinson's still gorgeous voice. There is great conviction in most of these songs and Robinson delivers his creations with passion and grace, as on "Let Your Light Shine on Me," "Jesus Told Me to Love You," and "I Praise & Worship You Father," overcoming the glassine pop soup of the arrangements. But elsewhere, the clubbed-out funk of "He Can Fix Anything," the funked-up soul of "Gang Bangin'," and the hip-hop chants on "We Are the Warriors" are so drenched in honey-slick instrumentation and layered vocals that Robinson's message is lost in the proceedings. It's obvious for which fences the production team on this record was swinging, and they just might get there, but the cost is high. In the right hands, Smokey Robinson could have delivered one of the greatest gospel records of all time; this isn't it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/20/2004
  • Label: Liquid 8
  • UPC: 820041217720
  • Catalog Number: 12177

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Smokey Robinson Primary Artist
Louis Price Background Vocals
Alexandra Brown Background Vocals
Carmen Carter Background Vocals
Andrew Gouche Bass Guitar
Clint Stokes III Piano, Keyboards
Michael Stokes Piano, Keyboards
Oren Waters Background Vocals
D'Andre Franklin Piano, Keyboards
Kelvin Thomas Keyboards
Rick Whitfield Guitar
Technical Credits
Smokey Robinson Composer
Khaliq Glover Engineer
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Clint Stokes III Programming
Michael Stokes Arranger, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
D'Andre Franklin Programming, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AWESOME!

    I believe this is the BEST OF SMOKEY! These songs will inspire you to do more for the Kingdom of Jesus as well as lift your spirits thru times of trouble or anxiety.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "It's about time"

    Smokey Robinson is a gifted and very talented individual. God blessed him and now I believe Smokey has released one of his finest in Food for the Spirit. May he continue to bring us music of this caliber.

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