David Dowlen - Giving All My Praise

Published Sunday 4th December 2005
David Dowlen - Giving All My Praise
David Dowlen - Giving All My Praise

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 13639-3665
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Trevor Kirk

A mix of hip-hop, gospel and soul on this debut by David, a native of Columbus, Ohio, and at first sight, it's a generous package, 17 tracks and 50 minutes playing time, says the CD player readout. But this is a tad misleading, because some of those tracks are effects-laden spoken montages over music beds, which disrupts the listening experience somewhat; the "Lord's Prayer" is also added to the mix, as well as a spoken altar call right at the end, which may strike some as rather cheesy but others will be touched by the power of David's soulful delivery. In fact, this album takes worship music into a whole new dimension and the contemporary R&B vibe of "Quality Time", "Forgiveness" and "Altar Call" has ensured that all have been picked for exposure on the Cross Rhythms Verticality radio programme. Another gem is "Shout Praises" which chugs cheerfully along with plenty of handclaps and righteous harmonies. Finally, cut "I Need You" stands up even on non-worship radio programmes. A hugely impressive debut.

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Reader Comments

Posted by K Connors in USA @ 16:06 on Sep 28 2005

WOW! This CD really brings a whole different perspective on gospel/Contemporary/R&B music. In other words, this is not your normal run-of-the-mill CD’s. Not only is the music masterfully composed, but the lyrics take your thought processes to a whole new level. If you are like most of us, and are searching for answers to some of life’s most troubling problems, then I believe David Dowlen has got a few answers.

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