STYLE: Gospel RATING Not Rated OUR PRODUCT CODE: 169519- LABEL: Provident 508140 FORMAT: CD Album RELEASE DATE: 2018-04-20 RRP: £12.99
The six time Grammy Award winning and vocally mesmerizing Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir achieves a marvellous milestone on its new project, I Am Reminded. The eleven-track set marks the 40+ year-old legendary ensemble's 30th album. The eclectic collection of worship anthems features dynamic solos from soulful singer, Nicole Binion, who has recorded with the choir in the past; Indonesian worship leader, Sidney Mohede, who has written songs for Israel & New Breed; and the duo of Shane & Shane, who bring their warm and engaging harmonies to the live session.
I Am Reminded boasts five original compositions that were written by the choir's founder, Carol Cymbala, and various members of the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir music department. Among the lot are up-tempo congregational stanzas such as "Psalm 150" and "God Surprised Me". The new works also include two soulful ballads, "That's Why God" and the title cut, which features Nicole Binion's electrifying soprano.
Over the years, the choir has enjoyed taking established songs and re-moulding them into the choir's own inimitable style. Among the re-imagined musical offerings here are Walter Hawkins' churchy 1990 classic "Thank You" and singer/guitarist BJ Putnam's percussive 2013 cut, "Sing A New Song". Then, there's a revamp of "Jesus Brought Me Out" which is relatively obscure nationally but well-known in the Baltimore, MD area where it was born 30 years ago. Sidney Mohede's tenor glides over the Jakarta Praise Community Church's 2012 tune "Jesus It Is You".
Finally, Shane and Shane reprise two of their own sonic gems. They back Brandon Camphor on the bluesy, soft-rocker "Psalm 34". However, they take the joyous lead on the big congregational anthem, "Psalm 23". This stunning collection of songs is true to the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir's rich legacy while it also expands the choir's musical palette with colourful new sounds that remind us all of how great this choir has been at maintaining a spirit of excellence while also sharing God's everlasting love through music.