STYLE: R&B RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 11624-10430 LABEL: GospoCentric 757517006826 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RRP: £9.99
Reviewed by Mike Rimmer
J Moss is best known for his work with his musical partner Paul "pda" Allen who produce as the PAJAM team, working with most of the top names in American R&B gospel. Here Moss finally steps into the spotlight for his own project and it's HOT! From the outrageously good funky opener "I Wanna Be", you know this is going to be good. There are quieter songs that really minister like "Don't Pray And Worry" and the worshipful "Unto Thee" but "We Must Praise" is a little too cheesy to work. To be honest, I think I prefer him when he's being funky on tracks like "You Brought Me" and "Psalm 150". As gospel albums go, this is state of the art gospel from a man who is already carving out a name in the genre. All the PAJAM touches are here and J Moss's vocals are expressive and inspiring. The results are great!
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As one-third of the writing and production team PAJAM, J Moss has, almost invisibly, become one of the most powerful forces in modern Gospel and Soul music.
The J Moss Project relies on familiar arrangements and keeps its focus on Moss's clear tenor voice and the strong backing choir. The disc includes a number of upbeat Gospel numbers (such as such as 'Don't Pray and Worry' and 'Psalm 150') and there are also a number of sweet ballads, including the Tonex-like 'Give You More' and the lyrically strong 'We Must Praise.' However, the best cuts are those that play to PAJAM's genre-bending strength, such as the hot 'I Wanna Be,' a wonderful dance number that deserves airplay on both Gospel and Urban stations, and 'Livin,' a funky Prince-influenced cut that displays Moss's excellent falsetto and which is perhaps the album's high point.
PAJAM will outdoubtedly continue to be a sought-after writing and production team for years to come. But Project successfully introduces J Moss as a top-notch Gospel vocalist and performer who has successfully moved out from 'behind the board' to release one of this year's best Gospel recording