|I was so helped by this CD. I was at first hesistant to buy the CD because every time you think about mega-churches and mega-pastors, T.D. Jakes and Potter's House is the most commonly known name. But instead I bought it because the first CD was good, and the second CD was really good, but nothing could prepare me for the third. The CD starts with "The Lord's Prayer", and it is a good intro track, because it shows Bond's creativity and adaptiveness to today's culture. And let me just first give some props to Kevin Bond, he is a great asset to this project. He has worked with Kirk Franklin, Kurt Carr, and the Potter's House Mass, Mississipi Mass, God's Property, and many others to name, and he makes all the projects sound so individual. He is like the TrackMaster or The Neptunes of Gospel, he does his thang well! Often times, we forget about the songs that brought us over, and contemporary adaptation to the scripture was very well done. |
"My Life is Available" was good, it is more of a praise and worship song to get service started. However, Potter's House Mass blew me away on "God Be Praised"- they are versatile! It is an anthem, and I like it because nobody really does anthems any more, and if they do them, it doesn't sound right. This was definitely an exception... it is fabulous- and choir directors- get this one in your spirit, because I promise if a few of us get it started, it will flow throughout the nation kinda like Total Praise did. Then "A Path In the Sea" was pretty good, it had that gospel flava, and I like it because the words mean a lot... "walk on water, stand up boldly, don't let your fear have its way. he already knew how he'd see you through, god will reveal a path in the sea." OKAY-- now track #5 - MY FAVORITE!! "Manifest"-- ooh wee! I'm tellin' you, that song can go on forever. Whoever was the lyricist for that song, you got skills... PREGNANT POSSIBILITIES, NOW BIRTH ANEW, TRAVALING TO OBTAIN IT, FOR IT MUST COME TO PASS, I DECREE IT, DECALRE IT AN DCALL IT IN THE SPIRIT, TO BECOME WHAT GOD'S DESGINED ME TO BE! I'm telling you, that one deserves some radio time. And Brenda Whitfield-Ellis... girl you badd! She sang that song like it was written for her! I expected a little more on track six from Myron Williams, he did "Faith" with God's Property, and "When My Season Comes" on the second CD (Potter's House Mass", but it wasn't all I expected. "Send Me to the Nations" and "Not By Power" are both upbeat contemp... VERY GOOD!
Richard Smallwood does what my momma would call, stuck his foot in it! Track 8 - "His Mercy Endureth" It only has a few words, but he did it! The song is written to perfection. It is as good as "Total Praise", and the harmonies are SICK! It amazes me everytime he puts himself out there and writes like this. I want the sheet music to it! "It's Already Done" was good, its different, but it has a nice little groove! And if you are a fan of Chicago Mass, with the upbeat gospel shuffle - let's-go-to-church-stomp-and-clap songs, you'll like "On A Wing and a Prayer"!
Overall this project was well worth the effort. I encourage anyone to buy this. There is some good choir music here, and you will play it over and over again.