STYLE: Gospel RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 48581-14586 LABEL: Crystal Rose 4209772 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2008-08-31 RRP: £12.99
Reviewed by Aaron Ferris
Detroit-based LJ once made a name for himself in mainstream R&B with his group Chocolate Syrup. Now he's moved into gospel. The messages presented are never cryptic in any means but are plain, clear and give an insight to the testimony and committed heart of this family man. Pastor Don Wiggins verbally enforces the word during the track "A Spoken Word". Admittedly the periodic voiceovers may not meet universal taste but opinions will be split even more so on the inclusion of rapping during the funky "Shout" but if nothing else displays the willingness to diversify. Also, with the inclusion of his family plus many talented and various performers throughout, LJ Reynolds will put a smile on any face. The message is here, the message is clear and LJ wants the world to know.
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Recorded in Detroit, The Message features powerhouse production by the likes of Grammy award winning hit-maker Michael J. Powell (Anita Baker, Aretha Franklin,Yolanda Adams), Grammy award winning producer Sanchez Harley (Kirk Franklin, Shirley Caesar), Curtiss Boone (Wendy Moten, Aretha Franklin), six tracks produced by Reynolds himself, and co-produced by Michael Mindingall (“Praisestrumentals”). Highlights of “The Message” include urban inspirational tracks “A Set Time” and “So Good”,“We Need A Word From The Lord” a memorable remake of the Thomas A.Whitfield classic, the hand-clapping “Shout”, a spirit re-enforcing “You Can Make It”, the worshipful “Sunday”, and “Never Get Too Busy”.