Still

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All Music Guide - Andree Farias
When blockbuster gospel/R&B duo BeBe & CeCe Winans decided to hang it up in 1994 to concentrate on solo careers, they literally split themselves in half. Without flinching, BeBe Winans went the route of contemporary R&B, releasing a handful of soulful projects spread across a litany of record labels -- a streak that was prolific and mainstream-friendly, but too erratic in light of his and his sister's past glories. CeCe Winans, by contrast, became a superstar: by remaining true to the Winans' gospel heritage, she went on to sell millions of records, collected multiple Grammys, and even founded a boutique gospel label of her own. As disparate as the siblings' ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andree Farias
When blockbuster gospel/R&B duo BeBe & CeCe Winans decided to hang it up in 1994 to concentrate on solo careers, they literally split themselves in half. Without flinching, BeBe Winans went the route of contemporary R&B, releasing a handful of soulful projects spread across a litany of record labels -- a streak that was prolific and mainstream-friendly, but too erratic in light of his and his sister's past glories. CeCe Winans, by contrast, became a superstar: by remaining true to the Winans' gospel heritage, she went on to sell millions of records, collected multiple Grammys, and even founded a boutique gospel label of her own. As disparate as the siblings' night-and-day fortunes were, nothing quite compared to the magic the two could create together, a spell that's in full force on Still, BeBe & CeCe's long-in-the-making return. As far as comebacks of the decade go, Still ranks right up there with Whitney Houston's I Look to You, except Clive's protégé sounds weathered and worn, while the Winans sound as if they never left. Aware of how high-profile their return is, the twosome pulls out all the stops and calls every shot, going to great lengths to ensure "things" are as slick, accessible, and feel-good as nearly their entire, early-'90s run was. With every return there's a certain appeal to nostalgia, a fact that's not lost on the quirky, autobiographical title track where the duo proffers, "It's been a long time since we've been together," only to later wax reflective and name-check a laundry list of their previous hits in the chorus. A cutesy, calculated move on BeBe's part, sure -- he remains the chief songwriter -- but think of it as a prologue of sorts. From there, the pair gets right back to business on the knockout first single, "Close to You," a smooth throwback that, aside from a misplaced Auto-Tuned bridge, would make Babyface and old-school fans smile. The track, like the majority of Still, is an ode of love and devotion to God, but the duo is intentional in keeping the sentiments broad and ambiguous -- maximum exposure is the goal here. Even CeCe, who never shied away from gospel or the Gospel as a solo artist, only limits herself to third-person allusions to the divine, as when she calls God "G.O.D." in the reggae-fied "He Can Handle It." These pleasantries are sure to miff gospel purists, but they're pure BeBe & CeCe. Much like big brothers the Winans, their vision is to inspire and uplift regardless of persuasion, which explains why the grand "Grace," with its sweeping orchestral flourishes and choral parts, doesn't quite spell it all out for the wayward listener, but gives enough hints to suggest a universal need for God's gift. Not everything on Still is this dense, thankfully: BeBe & CeCe are too good at the pop thing to not evoke the cheerful vibe of their heyday, which they deliver in spades here, whether they're channeling early Mariah ("Things"), Off the Wall ("Reason to Dance"), Motown ("Never Thought"), or more modern fare (the Ne-Yo-esque "Change My World"). Classic and current all at once, Still is a widely varied set, more so than any other the siblings ever recorded before. It may seem like they're trying to be all things to all people and see what sticks, but BeBe & CeCe are beyond crowd-pleasing just for the sake of it. Chalk it up instead to two relatives who haven't seen each other in a while and just want to have the time of their lives -- exchanging notes, sharing lessons learned, and reminiscing about the past while looking expectantly to what lies ahead.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/6/2009
  • Label: Malaco Records
  • UPC: 034373110523
  • Catalog Number: 31105
  • Sales rank: 4,448

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Still (4:02)
  2. 2 Close to You (3:24)
  3. 3 Things - Marvin Winans (3:18)
  4. 4 Grace (5:47)
  5. 5 Reason to Dance (4:14)
  6. 6 He Can Handle It (4:41)
  7. 7 Changed My World (4:08)
  8. 8 The Garden (4:20)
  9. 9 Never Thought (4:59)
  10. 10 I Found Love (Cindy's Song) (3:58)
  11. 11 Let It Be - Mary Mary (3:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
BeBe & CeCe Winans Primary Artist
Eric Darken Percussion
Keith Thomas Bass, Piano
Scott Frankfurt Drums
Lain Gray Background Vocals
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar
Leroy Barbie Romans Organ, Keyboards
Tracy Silverman Violin
Faye Simpson Background Vocals
Mervyn Warren Keyboards, Background Vocals
Marvin Winans Vocals
Lawrence Johnson Background Vocals
Peter Zizzo Guitar, Keyboards
Suzanne Young Choir, Chorus
Darwin Hobbs Background Vocals
Sherrie Kibble Choir, Chorus
Lisa Vaughn Background Vocals
Nathan Young Choir, Chorus, Choir Director
Wendell "Junior Jazz" Ferraro Guitar
Priscilla Jones-Campbell Background Vocals
Dontae Winslow Horn
Anthony "CD" Kelly Percussion, Drums
Anthony Davis Choir, Chorus
Olivia Mack Choir, Chorus
Jonathan Crone Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Alex Teamer Keyboards
Lionel Delao Percussion
Genesis Track Performer
Sheldon Goodson Choir, Chorus
Cindy Larson Choir, Chorus
Gene Smith Choir, Chorus
Zemroy Lewis Bass
Lionel "Deadbeat" De La O Percussion
Technical Credits
Keith Thomas Arranger, Programming, Producer
Percy Bady Composer, Producer
Scott Frankfurt Percussion Programming
Mervyn Warren Arranger, Programming, Producer, Orchestration
Mike "Hitman" Wilson Engineer
Mario Winans Composer, Producer, Instrumentation
CeCe Winans Composer, Producer
BeBe Winans Composer, Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Chris Bellman Mastering
Peter Zizzo Arranger, Composer, Producer, drum programming
Warryn Campbell Composer, Producer, Engineer, Instrumentation
Ronald B. Gillyard Producer
Bruce Buechner Engineer
Wendell "Junior Jazz" Ferraro Illustrations
Anthony "CD" Kelly Producer, Engineer
Jonathan Crone Engineer
Alex Teamer Arranger, drum programming
Graham Archer Engineer
Thiago Pinto Engineer
Denise Tunnell Groomer
Alvin Love III Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The love for the Lord.

    This brother and sister duel has wonderful and spiritual voices that will always get you spiritually in the mood to praise the lord.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    This CD makes an excellent gift!

    I have no knowledge of the current trend in gospel music when I brought this CD as a birthday gift for a co-worker.

    After remembering conversations and an observation of CDs in their office, I knew that my co-worker enjoyed gospel music. My selection of this particular CD came after hearing Ce Ce Winans' interview and a sampling on a NPR station. This review comes, in part, from the recipient who has told me how much they are enjoying the CD and why.

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