STYLE: R&B RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 8407-8149 LABEL: Integrity Gospel 26392 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RRP: £10.20
Reviewed by Anne Adams
Upon receiving this album which was described as “major label debut from neo-soul artist”, I must admit I was fairly apprehensive as to how good it would be. As a big fan of secular neo-soul artists such as Musiq Soulchild and Angie Stone, I was worried that this album would fall way below the standard that has been set by the secular market. I was very pleasantly surprised. The combination of good production, soulful vocals and inspirational lyrics can't be described as anything less than brilliant. Standout tracks on the album are “Hey Now”, “Soul Music”, “Breathe”, “Grace, Grace, Grace” and “Capture”. For any R&B and soul fans, I would recommend this album. You won't be anything less than impressed.
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Lisa McClendon describes herself as a poetess. And like the best poetry, her songs honestly reflect life's ups and downs. Her knack for combining insightful songwriting with a blend of jazzy soul and funk has earned her a reputation for being a Christian equivalent of retro-soul sistahs such as Angie Stone or Erykah Badu (complete with Afro!).
'Soul Music' is the highly anticipated follow-up to Lisa';s debut from a couple of years ago. It contains 15 tracks of classy soul, highlights of which include 'Stuck (Love's Anthem)', the title track and her take on the worship song 'The Air I Breathe.'