“Come Back” – Elain Thomas

“Come Back”
Elain Thomas
From the EP Transformations
Independent (release date: October 6, 2020)

By Robert M. Marovich

Anchored by bold and insistent Brazilian percussion, “Come Back” is Elain Thomas’s finest single to date.

It’s a rhythmic rumination on God’s constancy, a conversation between the self-styled jazz psalmist and her Savior. In her resonant contralto, Thomas delivers the Lord’s declaration, “Backslider, you belong to me,” not as a command but as a given.

Many songs lasting two-and-a-half minutes are fine where they are, but “Come Back” could have gone on much longer without any loss of listener interest.

About Bob Marovich

Bob Marovich is a gospel music historian, author, and radio host. Founder of Journal of Gospel Music blog (formally The Black Gospel Blog) and producer of the Gospel Memories Radio Show.