STYLE: R&B RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 107715-17884 LABEL: Columbia 886976233020 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2011-03-29 RRP: £12.99
Reviewed by Keren Perrott
It's hard to imagine a musical world without Mary Mary. The sibling duo have spent 10 years delivering uplifting gospel lyrics via radio friendly modern R&B rhythms and in doing so have drawn to themselves legions of church going fans. The stonking, opening title track with its artful sample of the Jackson 5's "Mama's Pearl" is a gem while throughout Erica and Tina consistently share the hope that is found in Jesus. That they manage to do so with such wide commercial appeal is no mean feat and all credit goes to the team of co-writers and producers, as well as the sisters themselves who remain resolutely confident that their music can help change lives. In the US the R&B-fused, exceptionally catchy lead single "Walking" has already proved a big hit, breaking into the top 10 Urban Adult Contemporary (AC) chart, and must be guaranteed UK radio airplay. But it wouldn't be Mary Mary without some spine-tingling gospel thrown in and "It Is Well" and "Homecoming Glory" will please those seeking more traditional flavours.
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With powerful voices that soar, harmonies that chime and empowering lyrics written by the duo of sisters Erica and Tina Campbell, the songs on Something Big are instantly memorable. From the lively lead single Walking to the unforgettable anthem Never Wave My Flag and title song Something Big, Mary Mary are on course to deliver another blockbuster project to their loyal fan base as well as to attract new audiences.
As songwriters, Mary Mary are known for their honest, passionate lyrics that underscore an unwavering faith in God in the face of life’s challenges.
It is that faith that has connected with fans around the globe.