STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 7574-7332 LABEL: Maranatha 7016281841 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1
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Reviewed by Tony Cummings
Seemingly American Christian music market men are demanding every record company produces its own acapella album, such is the huge success of Glad et al. It would be easy to get cynical about this market opportunism particularly as the new technology of multi-tracking and samplers ensure that even fairly average harmonizers can achieve a smooth-as-silk harmony sound. But even so, the singers who get to sing on Maranatha! Praise albums are particularly adept and this album, taking in slight tinges of black gospel, Southern gospel and even Take Six-style jazz licks, is beautifully done while the songs are good and vocal arrangements occasionally inspired. The skilful mix of contemporary choruses and a hymn or two is masterly while the "I Love You Lord" closer with lead vocal by Kelly Willard is a gem. If the concept of acapella praise appeals, check this out.