Summary

Beginning in 1985 with her signature hit, "We Shall Behold Him," Vickie Winans made her mark as one of the gospel world's most passionate and stylistically diverse vocalists, both as a soloist and with her husband, Marvin. Equally adept at old-school church music and smooth CCM, Winans appealed to a wide fan base. How I Got Over is no exception, kicking off with the classic Baptist-style foot-stomping rave-up title song, and just two tracks later delivering a booty-shaking dance number ("Heyyy"). Elsewhere, the Detroit native explores smooth Sade-esque balladry ("Suddenly"), hip-hop-ish contemporary R&B gospel ("Swoop"), and dramatic testifying ("No Not a One"). The album's most poignant track, however, is "My Peace," a delicate, heart-wrenching tribute to Winans' late mother, Mattie Bowman. ~ Pemberton Roach