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Album Review: “Something Big” – Mary Mary

MARY MARY – SOMETHING BIG

COLUMBIA RECORDS

Release Date: March 29, 2011

3x Grammy-winning gospel duo Mary Mary returned in 2011 with their highly anticipated fifth studio album, Something Big.  Led by the single “Walking,” the album contains the duo’s signature sound, while inspiring and lifting up the name of Jesus in the process.  Since they debuted eleven years ago, the duo has constantly come under fire for their edginess and secular appeal, but this album (like the four before it) proves that the scrutiny is unwarranted.  While Mary Mary’s style leans towards contemporary R&B, the sisters have never had a problem expressing their faith in their lyrics, while also uplifting those listeners who may not have a church background.

Twelve tracks deep, the album’s first half is full of upbeat records that are sure to please listeners, beginning with the band-driven opener, “Something Big.”  “Something Bigger” and “Blind” are also immediate highlights, particularly the latter.  “Is It Well” briefly interrupts the exciting production, but shows Tina and Erica’s commitment to writing and singing songs that glorify the name of the Lord.  The anthem “Never Wave My Flag” and lead single “Walking” pick up the pace a bit more, while the interlude “Slow Walk” will leave listeners wishing that it was actually a full-length track.

The first half of the album is excellent, but the latter half sags and doesn’t boast the same enthusiasm.  However, it is not without highlights.  “Catch Me” and “Sitting With Me” once again show the duo’s loyalty to the Bible, and many young Christian listeners will find both songs (particularly the latter) relatable.  The album’s closing track, “Homecoming Glory” (written by Alvin Love, husband of gospel superstar & icon CeCe Winans), ends the album on a high note and reminds listeners who may have forgotten, that Mary Mary is not an inspirational music act seeking crossover success and acceptance from secular audiences.  They are a gospel act through and through that are affirmed in their faith and walk with Christ, but have been fortunate enough to transcend the barriers of gospel music and the church.

Grade: B+

Michael Hamilton

Album Review: “Hello Fear” – Kirk Franklin

KIRK FRANKLIN – HELLO FEAR

GOSPOCENTRIC RECORDS

Release Date: March 22, 2011

On his ninth studio album Hello Fear, 7x Grammy Award-winner and gospel music icon Kirk Franklin seeks to tackle the issue of fear by facing it head on, hence the title.  Franklin succeeds with the concept, as every song addresses the idea of fear.  As usual, he writes, composes and produces each song on the album (minus the lead single, “I Smile,” which samples Little Feat’s “Fool Yourself” and The SOS Band’s “Tell Me If You Still Care”), and in the process, he shows that his musicianship is as sharp as ever.  Some of the album’s key highlights include the aforementioned lead single, “Before I Die,” “The Altar,” “Give Me,” “Something About The Name Jesus Pt. 2,” “Today,” and “A God Like You.”  This definitely a must-have for all of Franklin’s diehard fans, as well as for those who need to be inspired and uplifted.

Grade: A

Mike Hamilton

Happy Father’s Day! “Savior More Than Life” – Kirk Franklin & the Family

Greetings everyone,

I hope that you all are enjoying a wonderful Sunday and Father’s Day!  Here’s a throwback by my favorite recording artist of ALL time, Kirk Franklin.  It’s called “Savior More Than Life” and it comes from his Grammy Award-winning sophomore album, Whatcha Lookin’ 4, released in 1996.

Enjoy!

Michael Hamilton

What is Love?

1 Cor 13 4-8 “4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  8Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.”

Just a Little [[Mercy]]

Once Again.

Dedicated to those who continuously strives to live right, but fall downs from time to time.

Never give up; its for the pursuit of good.

P R A I S E. the end.

Remember to praise him even when things are going wrong.

P.S to those who tell me that I should exclude Gospel from The MiX UP, there is a special place in hell for you. I will NEVER exclude the worship of our GOD.

–Windy

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