Reviewed by Matthew Cordle
Mercy B owns a hair and beauty salon in South East London, and in 1997 received a calling to music ministry while at a church retreat. This vision really came to fruition in 2009 when Mercy became involved with Time 2 Shine, an organisation that seeks to bring Christian talents out of obscurity. This CD is her own three-track CD single, consisting of the single, a b-side and an instrumental version of the single. The message of the song is essentially not to give up as we can trust in God to see us through, and the musical style is bouncy in keeping with this sentiment. The production is uncomplicated, avoiding the trap of piling too many layers into a track like this, however, in this instance the repetitive, looped drums do become rather dull by the end and the sampled electric guitar grates somewhat. Mercy obviously has a very capable voice and the vocal harmonies work well, although every now and then her pitch isn't quite spot on. In terms of style comparison, Mary Mary came to mind for the single, although production quality is not up to their standards. The second track, "Let's Go" with its slightly dubby bass and flute reminded me very much of the early days of Dina Carroll, when she was singing for Quartz, although the vocal sound seemed to be thinner than on the single. A decent start, although I think the statement in Mercy's PR material that she is "an unstoppable force guided by God" is decidedly premature.
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