Craig Dion New Movement - A New Perspective... A New Praise

Published Thursday 22nd July 2010
Craig Dion New Movement - A New Perspective... A New Praise
Craig Dion New Movement - A New Perspective... A New Praise

RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 94873-16768
LABEL: Tate Music Group TMG10177

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

This is an exciting season for contemporary gospel music. Ever since Kirk Franklin told the world that the church knew how to "Stomp" pioneers like Tonex and, more recently, Mali Music have been pushing back the boundaries to what people expect from black church music. Now this Minneapolis singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist brings something new and fresh to modern gospel and if he can overcome the inherent conservatism of black gospel radio and the inherent racism of white Christian radio we could soon see this hugely talented chap stepping forward to receive arms of Stellars and Doves. Craig has a wonderfully expressive singing style with his silkily soulful tones sometimes reminding this reviewer of Jon Gibson. Equally compelling is Craig's mastery of programming which means that whether he's singing a sweet, silky worship ballad or going for the funk groove the results are always compelling. Occasionally a soulful sax, a tasty rhythm guitar or a full on horn section add weight to the grooves, while there are some fine sistahs in earshot to bring new life to Paul Baloche's "Open The Eyes Of My Heart" (the only cover here). I particularly loved the single "This World" but wherever you listen you'll find great hooks, inventive R&B production and lyrics which are uncompromisingly Christocentric, new praise music indeed.

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