'Technically and Emotionally Carleen Anderson's voice knows no bounds', I once read and this album only goes further in proving the point. Hugely underrated when it comes to sales, Carleen is one of the most powerful and emotional performers ever to record, rivalling those artists such as Aretha Franklin, Billie Holiday and her own Godfather James Brown.
Very much a live sounding album, it begins the impressive and meaningful Fortune's Drive before moving on to the beautiful single, Woman In Me, the spiritual, Peace In The Valley, and the uptempo stomper, Redemption. This is followed by Carleen's first attempts at covers on albums with her incredible adaptation of Paul McCartney's Maybe I'm Amazed and the slightly less impressive Who Was The Masked Man.
However, things get better again with the obviously-Paul Weller-penned, Burning Bridges, and the tempo slows again for the wonderful, Piece Of Clay.
The next three songs are not quite as wonderful as the rest of the album, but listened to as individual tracks they are still very strong, particularly Shifting Times...
The highlight of the LP comes at the very end though, with Leopards In The Temple - lyrically, emotionally, musically, one of the best tracks Carleen has ever written. It concludes what can only be called an all-time classic album - which somehow manages to surpass the almost-equally fantastic 1994 album, True Spirit.