Sounds like … the smooth R&B of Ledisi with the vocal pop soul of Whitney Houston and straight up gospel messages of Mary, Mary or J. Moss

At a glance … the legendary duo's reunion is a stellar comeback CD

When BeBe and CeCe Winans sing "It's been a long time since we've been together" in the opening line of their new album, Still, the statement is no revelation. After releasing the Gold-selling Relationships in 1994, the dynamite duo made a temporary split—or so they thought—to fulfill their record label obligations to record solo projects. But after achieving monumental successes with CeCe's Alone in His Presence and BeBe's self-titled debut, the cycles of promotion and demand set the siblings' individual careers in perpetual motion.

And the era of CCM/R&B/BeBe/CeCe that had been filling radio airwaves for nearly a decade came to a halt. And the void was great.

But good things come to those who wait. Reconvening for their first full-record pairing in 15 years, the platinum pair picks up right where they left off, issuing 12 genre-defying cuts in perfect brother/sister harmony.

Rather than re-entering the market with a bold statement of change, Still uses the group's old-school recording model, lining up a host of producers under the oversight of BeBe's musical point, to create classic BeBe & CeCe. Which is a good thing. An unknowing listener could hear the record's first single and never know the duo had been on hiatus.

The title track demonstrates the siblings' seamless answer/response mechanism to list their biggest hits in a clever musical re-introduction. "Close to You" is already making large crossover strides, having charted No 1 in the R&B market.

"Grace," produced by the group's old hitmaker, ...

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Release Date
October 1, 2009
Malaco Records
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