We gave it a B+
Since 1990,Vince Gill’s world has spun around and veered in a completely new direction. His career, which limped along for years, jump-started with multiplatinum albums and awards. But his streak of good luck carried a parallel stripe of sadness-the death of his older brother, Bob, in 1993 and last year’s passing of Conway Twitty, whose albums Gill sang harmony on for four years. On When Love Finds You, Gill seems acutely aware of how things change in the blink of an eye. Always concerned with the redemptive power of romantic, platonic, and spiritual love, Gill now stresses the importance of making the right choices in life and, on the album’s most affecting ballad, “Whenever You Come Around,” communicating those passions before it’s too late.
In doing so, Gill turns away from his bluegrass-country-pop base to experiment more with white-boy R&B and an understated contemporary Christian sound. He pulls it off both through the control of his elastic, angelic tenor and his soulful, hotshot guitar playing. On the whole, this batch of songs suffers in comparison to 1992’s I Still Believe in You, yet Gill imbues them with the kind of heart that sustains you long after the record ends. B+