Entertainment Weekly - 6/6/97, p.69
"...The band's 11 singers flex enough vocal power on...their fourth album to make this tour of gospel, rap, funk, and just about every other form of African-American musical expression well worth taking." - Rating: B+
Vibe - 6-7/97, p.165
"Sounds of Blackness touch nearly every genre of black folks' music on their new album..."
Sounds Of Blackness: Angela Henderson, Jayn Higgins, Sandra Harris, Wanda Lewis, Renee McCall, Core Cotton, Carrie Harrington, Beverly Mahto, Dorothy Townes, Alecia Hammonds, Patricia Lacy, Jennifer Whitlock, Robert Edwards, Quan Howell, Dr. Robert Jones, Rojeem Taylor, Terrence Frierson, Carl Pertile, Geoff Jones, Gregory Sears (vocals); Gary Hines, Billy Steele (keyboards); Levi Seacer, Mike Scott (guitar); Frank Wharton (alto saxophone, flute); Louis Wilson (tenor saxophone); David Wright III (baritone saxophone); Larry Sims (trumpet); Paul Johnson (bass); Trenon Graham (drums); Daryl Boudreaux (percussion).
Additional personnel includes: The Steeles, Craig Mack, Salt-N-Pepa, Brother Jack McDuff.
Producers: Billy Steele, Levi Seacer, Joe Powell, Gary Hines, Cheryl James.
Recorded at Flyte Tyme Studios, Edina, Minnesota and Michael Anthony Studios, Ramsey, Minnesota.
TIME FOR HEALING was nominated for a 1998 Grammy Award for Best Gospel Album By A Choir Or Chorus.
Time for Healing signaled the departure of producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis from the Sounds of Blackness camp. Sounds of Blackness -- and particularly group leader Gary Hines -- also abandon the new jack swing motifs of previous albums in favor of a more urban approach. Given the album's 1997 release date, this isn't surprising -- new jack swing had overstayed its course by this point. The new, more urban-sounding Sounds of Blackness isn't afraid to collaborate with rapper Craig Mack on "Spirit," interpolate Roger Troutman on "Hold On (Change Is Comin')," and take liberties with Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff's "Love Train." ~ Jason Birchmeier