STYLE: Gospel RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 11876-10608 LABEL: Verity 828765824927 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RRP: £9.99
Reviewed by Simon Eden
Warning : listening to this album is exhausting! The fast up-tempo songs with their intensity of singing, combined with the depth of the lyrical sermons on the quieter songs doesn't let go for all 1hr 18 mins of the 17 tracks. There are several more soulful tracks such as "Music" but the listener still gets dragged back to the dance floor of worship for "I Can't Live Without You". Pastor John P (for Prince) Kee has the hyperactivity of a toddler, with all the wisdom of an elder. There is a variety of musical styles influencing the tracks, but all are well rooted in contemporary gospel. The reggae feel of "U-turn" with Prophet DeeEazy comes as a distinct change in feel, as does the "ICU" duet with choir member LeJuene Thompson. It is "Sakiya's Song" that is touchingly sloppy, pouring out a Father's (John's) love for his child to the extent that he almost forgot his wife had something to do with it! This is John's first solo release since his 1994 album "Colorblind" and 'The Color Of Music' has throwbacks to this previous work. 12 album releases in 17 years shows the enduring quality and popularity of John with the New Life Community Choir. There is even another Choir release on the way. This really is some of the best in contemporary gospel.
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The celebrated and revered ‘Prince of Gospel Music’ has remained a staple in gospel music since his foray into the genre with The New Life Community Choir, and remains one of the most recognisable voices of our time. This is Kee’s first solo recording since 1994’s prolific Colourblind. This album is simultaneously introspective and conversational.