"It Was A Woman" is a no-nonsense slab of REAL, traditional soul in the classic street corner tradition and acts as a much-required reminder to society on the role of women, imploring the listener to respect their mothers and that she should be your number one girl. Much music - loosely coined - is about women as sex objects or toys and it's a necessary statement from the fellas at this time to put a restraining hand up to halt the relentless march of these dullard R&B artists and show them how things are, should be, and how real R&B should be made. For me, though, the flipside is the real strong contender and i was taken aback by the sheer quality and contemporary feel. "Heavenly Love" is said track, and I understand that on the album it stands as an instrumental...so this song for the single contains a fully-fledged vocal and it is AMAZING. It has a wonderful vibe that reminds me of Michael Cooper's "Marry Me Again", with a few minor New Jack Swing elements thrown in a la Mint Condition. Vocally this is strong, musically it is superb and I cannot stop playing it. This is a solid, solid release and solidifies further the quality status of Soul Junction records. Essential.
The Vibe Scribe