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  • reviewed by Andree Farias Copyright Christianity Today International
  • 2006 1 Oct
Sounds like … contemporary R&B akin to Carl Thomas, Toni Braxton, and BeBe Winans, with contemporary gospel similarities to BeBe & CeCe.At a glance … not exactly a seminar on love and relationships, Uncovered/Covered is still an interesting concept album exploring marital and spiritual liaisons.Track Listing

Disc One:

Uncovered (Intro)
Love Ballad
The Good Life
I Got You Babe
No Ordinary Love
Figure It Out
Live With You
Here on Earth
Just a Dream
Tonight (2 Step)
Every Time You Go
Beautiful Distraction
Vocal Booth

Disc Two:

To Me, You're Everything
Rejoice (Clap Your Hands)
Make Me Like the Moon
Your Name
I Do Love You
Mine All Mine
No Limit
Never Alone
I Just Love to Praise You
No Limit (Remix)

You'd be hard-pressed to find a gospel album that touches on the topic of love—even marital, God-ordained love. But then again, you'd be hard-pressed to find such an album in R&B music, as the genre usually exults a version of love that's much more sensual and casual. Some of that changed when Kenny Lattimore and Chanté Moore recorded Things That Lovers Do in 2003, a vintage R&B collection of duets that celebrated their recent marriage.

But their second album as a husband-and-wife duo is a bit different. In an unusual partnership between sister labels, LaFace and Verity Records facilitated the release of Uncovered/Covered, a two-disc set that exposes not only Lattimore and Moore's relationship with each other, but also their relationship with God. The Uncovered disc is the romantic portion, a breezy affair full of smooth R&B numbers; Covered, on the other hand, covers the spiritual spectrum to a more urbanized contemporary gospel style.

Neither disc is all that didactic or revealing in their fields, offering instead tried-and-true generalities about what it means to love God and love each other, but they're nonetheless heartfelt. Uncovered in particular never implies that man-to-woman relationships are trouble-free ("Live With You"), painting an honest picture of the ups-and-downs of togetherness. The exchanges at times sound too much like boyfriend-girlfriend banter ("I Got You Babe"), but the informality gives their collaborations a broader appeal.

The Covered half is slightly less interesting, though not because of its sound—gospel veteran Fred Hammond did a good job upholding the duo's urban tendencies without imposing too much of his own gospel style into the production. It's just that a lot of it isn't particularly memorable in the way it communicates the tandem's devotion to God. As it stands, though, Uncovered/Covered is still an interesting concept project, even if its masterminds don't come across as experts in their subject matters.

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