STYLE: Gospel RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 11878-10610 LABEL: Verity 828765948227 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RRP: £9.99
Reviewed by Tony Cummings
The modern face of gospel indeed. Deitrick has quickly risen to become one of the major names in the 2005 gospel scene and as he poses for the sleeve shoot in questionable hat and arrogant pose he looks every inch the young R&B icon pursuing a bit of Usher's paydirt. And certainly Deitrick has the vocal chops to go along with the mean, lean image, a tenor of acrobatic agility. But vocal ability alone doesn't make an essential album. Sometimes Deitrick's love of melisma and flashy vocal pyrotechnics so overtakes the song, like on the slowish "What Love?", that the top line melody is completely obscured while on other occasions the funkiness of the grooves doesn't compensate for the lack of good melodies. And also starting the album with a message from a squeaky-voiced kiddy was a big mistake. But there are some great cuts here too. A "let's have church" romp, "Had Not Been" featuring special guest and the pioneer of crossover R&B gospel Rance Allen, is a delight as is the achingly soulful "Don't Wanna Let You Go".
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Infused with deep soul and a diverse range of urban styled grooves, Deitrick Haddon's second release offers a refreshing and uplifting sound.
There are many highlights on this 20 track project including the title cut featuring rapper Lady Life, 'Had Not Been' featuring another vocal powerhouse Rev Rance Allen and 'God Is Good' with Deitrick and his wife Damita jamming gloriously together.