Dave Hollister - Witness Protection

Published Tuesday 10th February 2009
Dave Hollister - Witness Protection
Dave Hollister - Witness Protection

STYLE: Gospel
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 48647-14939
LABEL: GospoCentric 886972873121
RELEASE DATE: 2008-08-31
RRP: £12.99

Reviewed by Paul Poulton

Here we have a colourful presentation by the one-time R&B star. No shortage of ideas, good depth of field, this album never dips into mediocrity and yet to my ears feels a little older than it should be. It's not old fashioned but it's not state of the art either. The capable Hollister almost auto-tunes his voice to within a foot or two of its life; okay, fair enough, R&B producers sometimes cut the vocals like a haircut that's got noticeable steps in it, it's part of the genre. Not that the creamy vocals of the soul singer need correcting, I'm sure they don't. What I wanted to hear was a tune that would make me notice it: "More Of You" came close with its melodic hook, but the groove it sits upon seemed weakened by jerky drum programming. There is a lot of music to get through, and some fine rebuking of church goers who tell us stupid stuff about how women should wear their hats toward the front of their heads and not the back, and how young men should wear their pants and miss the whole point of showing grace to each other. It's a lesson that needs teaching, and Dave Hollister has taken up the gauntlet: the track, not surprisingly, is called "Church". The string parts throughout are well worked out and throw a nice twilight on the lush landscape. "I Know I Can" has a dark feel that's brightened by children's girly voices hooking into the chorus. It's a good song. 'Witness Protection' is slightly left of centre but not edgy, maybe it's not supposed to be.

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Product Description
The ultimate Preacher’s Kid (both his parents are preachers), Dave Hollister initially got his break in music as an original member of the platinum-selling R&B group Blackstreet. Dave left Blackstreet after the release of their first album and went on to pursue a solo career as a singer, songwriter and producer. His solo debut Ghetto Hymns was released in 1999 to critical acclaim, followed up with three further albums.
Dave then returned to his church roots, releasing 2006’s 'The Book Of David Vol 1: The Transition'. His second gospel release, 'Witness Protection', displays the soulful, soaring voice that has been earning him die-hard fans since 1994. This album shows a much lighter side of Dave that combines an up-tempo R&B sound with a strong gospel message.

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