You Gave Me Love (When Nobody Gave Me a Prayer)

by: B.J. Thomas

You Gave Me Love (When Nobody Gave Me a Prayer) opens with a heavy dose of mawkishness -- a children's choir singing along with "Using Things and Loving People," which is a bit more sweetness than this sparkling singsong tune deserves. Nevertheless, this does indicate that You Gave Me Love (When Nobody Gave Me a Prayer) is a considerably bolder affair than its predecessor, Happy Man, boasting a greater palette of sonic colors along with a few lively tempos to boot. This cheerfulness does not outweigh the ballads that remain the focus of Thomas here. Sometimes the production is a little bit too exacting, a choice that slows the paces of those ballads and therefore the record at large, but generally this is a nicely balanced and sharp late-'70s CCM album. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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