You can hear Jackson's evenhanded approach throughout Precious Memories, an album of stripped-down gospel standards the singer originally recorded as a Christmas present to his mom. Limited to guitar, piano, and organ, the arrangements emphasize Jackson's vocals, which eschew the kind of breathy drama skeptics typically view as central to the form. But because the material is so familiar, the disc actually suffers from Jackson's restraint; a few times, it sounds more like Sunday-school karaoke than the labor of love it evidently was. Only in "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus," where Jackson sings the heart-tugging melody with a hint of heartbreak in his voice, do we get a true sense of his complex persona.
We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.
Email us at [email protected].
Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club
Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.
Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.
Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.