Mountain High...Valley Low

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Barnes & Noble - Paula T. Renfroe
With a voice mighty enough to make the walls of Jericho come tumbling down, contemporary gospel songstress Yolanda Adams makes an equally as powerful debut on Elektra Records with Mountain High Valley Low. Although she is literally the first lady of gospel on Elektra, three of her previous recordings, Yolanda Live in Washington, More than a Melody, and Save the World, garnered her Grammy nominations in the Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album category. Adams is no stranger in the gospel arena, but she is bound to capture an even broader audience with Mountain High Valley Low. The hip-hop tinged "Time to Change" which includes DJ scratches, the guitar-laced "Yeah," ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Paula T. Renfroe
With a voice mighty enough to make the walls of Jericho come tumbling down, contemporary gospel songstress Yolanda Adams makes an equally as powerful debut on Elektra Records with Mountain High Valley Low. Although she is literally the first lady of gospel on Elektra, three of her previous recordings, Yolanda Live in Washington, More than a Melody, and Save the World, garnered her Grammy nominations in the Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album category. Adams is no stranger in the gospel arena, but she is bound to capture an even broader audience with Mountain High Valley Low. The hip-hop tinged "Time to Change" which includes DJ scratches, the guitar-laced "Yeah," the danceable "Wherever You Are," and the soulful "He'll Arrive Coming Back," featuring Kelly Price, unite positive messages with beats to groove to. No need to throw the church fan at Adams, though--she hasn't abandoned her traditional roots. The inspirational "That Name" and the electrifying, "In the Midst of It All" showcase not only her ability to sing with clarity and diction, but also her gift for stirring the soul. That's a blessing, indeed.
All Music Guide - Stacia Proefrock
Yolanda Adams is too beautiful and talented to have escaped the bickerings of some narrow-minded people within the gospel community. She has been criticized in the past both for her manner of dress more glamorous than seductive and for her "secular" music which focuses on faith-driven lyrics while branching out into R&B and pop styles. With the release of Mountain High. . .Valley Low, her first album on a major, mainstream record label, it would seem that she has provided her attackers with their most potent ammunition ever. The album has been heavily promoted by Elektra Records, and has world-class producers Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, and Keith Thomas stretching Adams' musical boundaries further than ever. While at times they take her in strange directions the hip-hop flavor on "Time to Change" sounds like a lost track from The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, each song, taken independently, works. The album is incredibly varied and makes use of a full grab-bag of effects, from heavy over-dubbing on some tracks Adams is singing up to three layers of vocals at the same time, while backup vocalists add even more textures to swelling pop-orchestra string lines to funky electronic effects. The bottom line, though, for critics and fans alike, is the message. Before they crank up their pitching arms the stone throwers should take note: this is an incredibly inspirational album in which every song focuses on spreading the message of Jesus. Adams just gets to have a lot of fun along the way. In a time when most gospel albums don't make a dent in music sales outside of the Christian community, an artist with Adams' kind of appeal is a blessing, not a curse.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/21/1999
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • UPC: 075596243940
  • Catalog Number: 62439

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Performance Credits
Yolanda Adams Primary Artist
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