This was the last album with Charles Stepney involved, he died during the making of the album and the track 'Departure' is here in tribute.
As the name of the album suggests, this is a very spiritual experience, as typified by Spirit and Burning Bush. The latter of these is for me the finest track by EWF ever with its gentle keyboards gradually being built on by ever more lush instrumentation before Maurice takes over and asks whether its message will ever be learned, but hopes that it will. At the end the track deconstructs again back to Larry Dunn's keyboards, an alpha and omega message for me perhaps indicating the circle of life and how the message is as relevant today as its always been - very clever.
This is not to say uptempo is misses, far from it. 'Biyo' won a Grammy for best instrumental and there are the singles 'Saturday Nite' and 'Getaway', the former featuring Maurice with tongue in cheek being 'more dignified around here' before being got by Phil Bailey (what a laugh !) by a stink bomb and deciding its better to 'get down' instead.
The bonus tracks feature a longer and more filled out version of 'Departure', that and the cleaned up sound made it worth getting this album over my CD original.