On the first
new disk in five years by the soul balladeer extraordinaire,
it seems like time has stood still. It is amazing how
Unconditional Love feels completely contemporary and
yet holds the seductive allure of Bryson's older work.
Bryson's smooth soul love songs still put the wannabes out
now to shame. Strong ballads include the fantastic Debbie
Gibson duet "Light The World" and the love song to a
daughter (or granddaughter?) "I Wish I Could." Other
strong tracks include the frisky "On & On" and a duet with
longtime friend Roberta Flack of Jim Brickman's "The Gift."
And I'm really glad Bryson went back to rediscover the
terrific overlooked midtempo romp "Somebody In Your Life"
(which Bryson had previously recorded on his 1986 album
R. Kelly and Brandy could learn a thing
or two from this album on how to make music for a romantic
night at home. (4/99)