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Reviewed by Tony Cummings
By now you've probably read that this, the debut release from a choir formed by gospel superstar Kirk Franklin from 'problem' inner city kids, is a stone smash Stateside not only in gospel circles but in pop and R&B ones as well. And what a searing, soul shaking delight it is! The classic cut is, of course, the smash single remix of "Stomp" where a sample of Parliament/Funkadelic's classic "One Nation Under A Groove" is used as the crunching underlay for a joyous, lugubrious slab of gospel funk complete with a rap from Salt of rap stars Salt 'n' Peppa. Nothing else quite makes those monumental heights though there is a slow ballad "My Life Is In Your Hands" treated exactly like Kirk performed his first "Why We Sing"; and "It's Rainin" with some hilarious spoken interjections. Clearly God's Property are a hot choir and Kirk is continuing his commission to take the unbridled fire and soul of black church into the mainstream.
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Listen to the rejoicing voices of this award-winning choir comprised of at-risk urban youth. Along with leader and founder Linda Seawright (and special help from gospel superstar Kirk Franklin!), they perform Stomp, Up Above My Head, Love and other contemporary urban gospel songs flavoured with jazz, R&B and a smattering of funk.