Bonafide Praisers - Destined To Worship

Published Tuesday 3rd June 2008
Bonafide Praisers - Destined To Worship
Bonafide Praisers - Destined To Worship

STYLE: Gospel
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 45434-14164
LABEL: EMTRO Gospel 931519
RELEASE DATE: 2008-05-31
RRP: £7.99

Reviewed by Peter Dilley

Producer and EMTRO Records founder Troy Sneed has made it his mission to move around and work with young gospel choirs in different US cities. For his latest project, Troy alighted in Jacksonville, Florida, and teamed up with Bonafide Praisers, although his pronunciation of their name sounds much more like "Butterfly Praises"! Opener "Trust In The Lord" gives a taste of the their capabilities, but much more attention has been focused upon "Work It Out", a Spring 2008 hit on the Billboard Gospel Chart, similar in sound and musical format to Kirk Franklin's "Why We Sing". As Troy Sneed explains in his introduction, the song was intended as a follow-up for "The Struggle Is Over", the number one gospel hit on one of his earlier albums with Baltimore's Youth For Christ Choir - it has clearly made the grade. Other than that, there's not a huge amount which really seems to stand out. For variety "Heal The Land" has more of an urban flavour, and a couple of tracks are listed as a "Moment Of Worship", which perhaps begs the question as to what the rest are - the first of these includes a rendition of "We Exalt Thee" and the second "Hallelujah", but neither song is listed or credited. "Down By The Riverside" (not the traditional song of the same title) is the finale, soulful in places, with some wild keyboard and guitar solos. Very slick, but one hit single doesn't quite make a great album.

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