The Murrills - Family Prayer

Published Friday 23rd January 2009
The Murrills - Family Prayer
The Murrills - Family Prayer

STYLE: Gospel
RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 45392-14553
LABEL: Quiet Water Entertainment 828768720523
FORMAT: CD Album
ITEMS: 1
RELEASE DATE: 2008-07-31
RRP: £14.99

Reviewed by Alastair McCollum

An exceptional recording, oozing with talent, from this North Carolina sibling sextet under the guidance of Donald Lawrence, renowned producer and gospel musician. This is contemporary gospel music, encompassing funk, soul, R&B and dance music elements and weaving them into a seamless (but not overly produced) whole. From the horns, wah-wah guitar and '70s style funk of "Better" through sermon and song combined on "Family (There's A Healing)" via the acoustic guitar-driven "Can You Stand The Rain?" and the soulful R&B of "I Will Wait" there isn't a wasted note or a track which doesn't impress - all sandwiched between the tight vocals of the Intro/Outro "One Mo' Time". There are slower, more trad gospel orientated pieces such as "Don't Let Me Fall" which reflect the family's experience as part of the Tri-City Singers but even here there is a freshness about The Murrills' sound. These siblings have been singing and playing together for nearly two decades and this certainly doesn't sound like a debut recording. Lyrically, 'Family Prayer' is impressive too. The family have seen their share of troubles and difficulties, as is evidenced by some of the autobiographical content of the lyrics, but have overcome and share their faith passionately and honestly. Musically it is absolutely top notch, spiritually it's like bottled faith!

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Sample Track Listing:
1. One Mo' Time-Intro [Listen]
2. Better Featuring DJ Rogers [Listen]
3. Friend Of Mine [Listen]
4. Family (There's A Healing) [Listen]
5. Long Time Coming [Listen]
6. Words And Rythm [Listen]
7. How I Feel About You [Listen]
8. Siyahamba (Janie's Song) [Listen]
9. I Declare War [Listen]
10. Be The One [Listen]
11. Don't Let Me Fall [Listen]
12. Survive [Listen]
13. Intro-Roger [Listen]
14. Good Days, Bad Days [Listen]
15. Can You Stand The Rain- [Listen]
16. I Will Wait [Listen]
17. One Mo' Time-Intro [Listen]

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Product Description
'Family Prayer' is a collection of songs that speak to the very value and wealth in the sacred, corporate activity. The CD speaks to the joys and pains of a faithful walk, providing the soundtrack for the former and essential tools for the latter.
Donald Lawrence is at the reins of the entire CD, serving as Executive Producer, and has personally overseen the concept and direction of this release.
It will bring joy to any family to welcome The Murrills into their home! The first single 'Family (There’s A Healing)' is a compelling call for all families to come together and heal one another.

Reader Comments

Posted by Ed Hammell in Wilmington North Carolina USA @ 22:47 on Jun 10 2008

This is an excellent cd you will not be disappointed. Every cut is fantastic about how important the family should be.



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