September 11, 1998 at 04:00 AM EDT

You Were There

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Kenneth Babyface Edmonds
We gave it a C

The latest heart-tugging ballad from the master of heart-tugging ballads — and the first single from the Simon Birch soundtrack — doesn’t know what it is. You Were There begins as an acoustic ode so wispy it almost disappears, then incongruously climaxes in a gospel chorus that overpowers Babyface’s wafer-thin vocals. Ultimately, the overwrought presentation and sentimentality don’t compensate for what isn’t there: a hook. C

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