Carman - Instrument Of Praise

Published Wednesday 30th April 2008
Carman - Instrument Of Praise
Carman - Instrument Of Praise

STYLE: Gospel
RATING 5 5 5 5 5
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 33129-13737
LABEL: Tyscot 9841622
RELEASE DATE: 2007-12-15
RRP: £12.99

Reviewed by Allan Clare

Carman has always been a good old fashioned Pentecostal Christian and he starts this, his 34th (!) album since 'Some-o-Dat' in 1982, by welcoming the listener to "the overflow. . . the place where God blesses in the abundance of health, wealth, prosperity, love, peace, joy - this is what God designed your life for, this is what we're gonna declare." Theological quibbles aside, what comes next is a more gospel oriented album than previous Carman releases. I remember his "Addicted To Jesus" in the early 1990s and he still hasn't lost his knack for naff titles with the final track here - "S.A.V.E.D. 100%" - a limp, terribly dated MC Hammer style funk-rap. Carman actually does little singing on this album and instead MCs and vocalises his praise: acting for the most part as choir leader rather than lead vocalist. The focus is faith building and Christ exalting, and it works on "Bless His Name" and "If God Be For Me" with its funky gospel sound, and the gospel balladeering of "Center Of My Heart". Overall, though, it seems Carman hasn't really moved on from those early 1990s. The ballads sound dated and the spoken interjections don't work on such a dated sound as they do on a Kirk Franklin urban groove.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Keith Dixon in London @ 12:02 on May 1 2008

I've never been a fan of Carman but I think even if I didn't know who this CD was by, when I heard the "welcome" statement the CD would be stopped, ejected and disposed of. Anyone who says that God blesses in abundance of health, wealth and prosperity needs to re-read their bible. God promises to always be with us and watching over us but doesn't anywhere in my bible promise to bless us with good health and wealth. Does this imply that any Christians who are ill or are struggling to make ends meet are not in God's good books or have sinned! Don't tell this to the wonderful lady in my church who is struggling with cancer or the few good folks in my church who are struggling to find work at the moment!!!!! A rating of 5 out of 10 is 5 too many

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