Reviewed by Brendan O'Regan
You may be on your knees praying along with this worship album, but you could also find yourself on your feet, dancing to the infectious rhythms on this lively album. Being moved by the Gospel will take on a whole new meaning. And this is true right from the rockin' opening track "Off The Chain" with its theme of liberation. With thumping bass sounds the pastor asks on the second track, "Elevation", "Does anybody want to go home?" and with such an energy-filled live sound the answer must be a resounding "No!" The call and response approach works really well throughout, the choral voices are well arranged and thankfully the main vocals are still clearly to the fore. There's quite a variety of styles on the album - rock, gospel, R&B, hip-hop, dance and more, but there are quieter moments too, for example on the soulful "Coming Together" and "We Expect You". Pastor Thom doesn't hog the limelight and there are some guests, especially effective in the female vocals on "It's The Anointing (Breaking Through)" and on one of the more mellow tracks "The Closer I Get" featuring Coryna Pinon. There's no middle-of-the-road stuff here, either spiritually or musically, but "After You" is one of the more mainstream songs and if it ever got the exposure could become an anthem. The collection ends as it began on a high note - "Make It Loud", a funky call to prayer, praise and worship. An outstanding gospel praise set from the Los Angeles-based worshippers.
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