Mandisa - Overcomer

Published Thursday 31st October 2013
Mandisa - Overcomer
Mandisa - Overcomer

STYLE: R&B
RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 141999-21072
LABEL: Sparrow 5099960707420
FORMAT: CD Album
ITEMS: 1
RELEASE DATE: 2013-08-26
PRICE: £9.97 RRP £13.99

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Reviewed by Chris Coupe

Mandisa is today one of the few artists launched through the American Idol talent search who is now selling more CDs than her debut. This, her fourth album, sports a hit title track and with its breezy dance pop groove and its encouragement to overcome our problems will no doubt get airplay on Cross Rhythms. The songs here are all well crafted and Mandisa's soulful phrasing ensures that "Press On", with its exhortation to press on through the storms of life, is a memorable song of perseverance. This theme runs through into "What Scars Are For" while the penultimate track, "Praying For You" is a reflective gem which combines pop, contemporary R&B and doo wop. For more club music tastes, "Face 2 Face" and "Joy Unspeakable" lend those frenetic cuts a distinctly techno-tinged undercurrent. The most pleasing expansion of Mandisa's musical armoury, though, is the song Mandisa has written with worship hitmaker Israel Houghton, "At All Times" which incorporates some call and response fervour with just the right amount of modern day sensibility. The final track builds into a powerful finale with its telling lines, "I give you all my weakness/You give me your strength." The whole of this quality album comes across as autobiographical and if you are looking for an album to encourage, this will do nicely.

The opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily those held by Cross Rhythms. Any expressed views were accurate at the time of publishing but may or may not reflect the views of the individuals concerned at a later date.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Overcomer [Listen]
2. Back To You [Listen]
3. The Distance [Listen]
4. Face 2 Face [Listen]
5. Press On [Listen]
6. What Scars Are For [Listen]
7. Dear John [Listen]
8. At All Times [Listen]
9. Joy Unspeakable [Listen]
10. Praying For You [Listen]
11. Where You Begin [Listen]

This track data is supplied by the Cross Rhythms CD/DVD review library. Please note that CD tracks may vary according to release region or product version. You should not assume that products purchased through Cross Rhythms Direct will necessarily have identical track listings to those shown.

Product Description
Coming off her most successful album ever, Mandisa returns this August with her new studio album, Overcomer. Her previous album, What If We Were Real, has sold over 270,000 albums and featured the breakout radio hits Good Morning, Waiting For Tomorrow, and the no.1 hit, Stronger.

The American Idol alum and two-time Grammy nominee continues to be a voice of encouragement and truth to women facing life's challenges. Mandisa also continues to have unprecedented media exposure for a Christian artist including two appearances on Good Morning America.

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