Jason Alvarez - We Will Glorify

Published Friday 13th November 2009
Jason Alvarez - We Will Glorify
Jason Alvarez - We Will Glorify

STYLE: Latin
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 82513-13004
LABEL: Independent
FORMAT: CD Mini-album

Reviewed by Tom Lennie

Alvarez is a pastor and worship leader at The Love Of Jesus Family Church in Orange, New Jersey, who once found a bit of mainstream R&B success with Stang Records. Jason has been making music for many years, his sound being distinctive by its obvious Latin flavour. 'We Will Glorify' is a CD of eight studio-based songs, strangely split into Side A and Side B. While minimal information is included in the sleevenotes, it's apparent that around half of these songs are self-composed; the most notable of which is the opening "Te Quiero", an upbeat praise number with a funky salsa groove, where Jason's velvety vocals are accompanied by a proficient brass section. "The Love Of Jesus" is a gentler flowing inspirational tune with a catchy, flowing chorus, and containing lyrics, as in several of these songs, in both English and Spanish. "God Of Heaven" is another infectious ditty, with its staccato rhythm and female choral tones. Of the covers, Alvarez's take of "I Can't Even Walk" is every bit as good as Jessy Dixon's version, but I'm hardly impressed by the somewhat tedious nearly eight minute take on Jimmy Swaggart's uninspiring "Jesus, Just the Mention Of Your Name". A mixed bag by a clearly passionate and talented minister of the Gospel.

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