Kirk Franklin & The Family - Whatcha Lookin' 4

Tuesday 1st October 1996
Kirk Franklin & The Family - Whatcha Lookin' 4
Kirk Franklin & The Family - Whatcha Lookin' 4

STYLE: Gospel
RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
LABEL: GospoCentric 757517001227
RELEASE DATE: 1996-01-01
RRP: £9.99

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

Gospel's hugest sales phenomenon doesn't put a foot forward with his third album (actually, this was recorded before Kirk's Christmas set but Gospocentric had to delay its release as that stunning 'Kirk Franklin & The Family' refused to stop selling!). Personally, I never cared for the semi-spoken style that first got Kirk away so the opener leaves me cold but the title track with a thunderous backbeat and a rasping lead vocal from Darrell Blair would get corpses dancing (as a bonus there's an even funkier remix towards the end of the album). "Conquerors" is an eight minute plus ballad with Dalon Collins delivering an achingly soulful lead while "What I Think About Jesus" is a manic-tempo'd romp through the old gospel programme war horse that could have gone on much longer. On "Mama's Song" Kirk confesses that "I am not much of a singer but will do the best I can" and on the moving (some might say maudlin) ballad tribute to a departed mom shows he's only a mediocre singer compared with the awesome talents of the Family. A class gospel album destined for mega sales.

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Product Description
Here's what you've been looking for! Listen to this distinctive blend of traditional gospel and R&B/urban groove. Electrifying performances of 'Melodies from Heaven', 'Don't Take Your Joy Away', 'Washed Away' and the title track will have you worshipping the Lord in joyful adoration. Features 15 stirring songs and remixes.

Reader Comments

Posted by MAUDELINE DESIR in MIAMI FLORIDA @ 18:01 on Aug 5 2007

My name is maudeline Desir and love kirk franklin so much and i would like ya to send me the kirk franklin cd whatcha u lookin 4 and please thank-you.

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