A TOUCH OF HEAVEN
Reviewed by Karl Allison

The four brothers from South London with the mighty voices, the growing church and a hatful of gospel awards at last get the record deal their live work has merited for several years. And it's a chance they've taken superbly, emerging with an album that confirms them as truly the best we've got. Whether it's crunching dance tracks or delicate ballads, the boys sound so smooth that you could probably guess their blood-ties if you didn't already know. Some of these tracks will already be known to CR readers. The successful radio/clubland single "Get Off That (Poison)" is featured, as is their contribution to 1993's Soul Stirrings collection 'Best Thing', with which they so effectively closed last year's Cross Rhythms festival. Some of the ballads are pretty hot too. The title track is full of class and "Trust In My Love" shows off their effortless harmonies at their very best. But the standout track for me is the energetic "Make It Right", a vaguely Motown-ish groove with some outstanding let-rip vocalising. I guess that after waiting so long they weren't gonna muck up. Far from that, they've produced a debut album every bit as impressive as we had a right to expect.
FEEL GOOD FACTOR
Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

The Wades may now be three but they still pack that vocal punch! The smooth vibe of "Dancing Never Stops" sets this classy EP in motion and it's clear The Wades are developing into a class act. Even the travesty of covering one of my all time 'fave' songs, "What A Fool Believes", can be forgiven because they pull it off with 'potabulous' aplomb- spookily sounding like Michael McDonald! That summer feel continues with the unbearably romantic soulful "Another Day". Yes folks! The Wades give you music to fall in love to! They even give you a "deep funk slow jam remix" of the same cut which is everything the title suggests; and at six minutes, there's plenty of smooching time available! There's groovy pop with a social conscience in "When Will We Learn". "Dancing Never Stops" is revisited instrumentally before we get to the final cut, "Lift Your Spirit", which has a message of hope for the broken. A fresh clubby sound that demands respect, the only regret is that this EP is too short a feast! Snacking on 'The Feel Good Factor', I look forward with relish to the five course meal of a new album!
A FAMILY THING
Reviewed by Peter Dilley

It always seemed to me that the Wades were an unlikely signing for Kingsway Music, and no less puzzling was why such a hard working act produced so little recorded material. Perhaps the boys' Famecity label and 'A Family Thing' mark a new chapter for the popular soulsters, with over an hour of tunes, grooves and classy vocal harmonies. There's certainly renewed confidence here - 'Come With Me, Come Alive' they sing on musical/spiritual manifesto 'Soul Thing', and likewise 'Family Thing' celebrates the brothers' togetherness in both familial and spiritual senses. 'Shooting For The Moon' is a romantic ballad, but worship/devotional material features more strongly, with Jesus' love as the keynote - reflection and response in 'Friend', an evangelistic clarion call ('Love In A Million Ways'), intimacy with God ('I Worship You'), and simply finding life worth living ("Because Of You"). A series of 3s, "zones" in Dome-like terminology, punctuate the main track out Derek and Lloyd's dialogue in "Condition Of The Heart (Beats Zone)", food for thought without getting preachy. Though a la mode in contemporary R&B, a heavy reliance on programming is arguably a minor weakness - using more "real" instruments might have gained them a truly soulful 10/10 rating.