STYLE: Gospel RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 18758-CAS2407 LABEL: Malaco FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Tony Cummings
I've long been a devotee of black preachers (it still needs to be fully documented how the classic 'straining preachers' of late 19th, early 20th century black church brought a rhythmic sensibility and musicality to the preaching ministry therefore laying many of the creative foundation stones for both rap and funk). So to encounter a new (to my ears) preaching reverend is always a pleasure. The Rev Cone has a rich, resonant basso profundo voice which rises to an excited and exciting rasp when he gets up a head of steam. What stops me heartily recommending this is that Malaco have decided to put a rhythm section (and even a snatch of the mighty Mississippi Mass Choir) behind the Rev and after a while the effect becomes wearing. The other problem is an exegetical one for seemingly Rev Cone takes for his preaching inspiration a book on ornithology, taking various birds and finding some characteristic of the feathered creature that has a parallel in the church. So we've got eagles - looking down on others; owls - doing things in the dark; woodpeckers - disturbing the peace; peacocks -showing off, etc, etc. Not all the birds are hawks in dove's clothing. There are also sparrows - a bird of trust; and chickens (chickens?) - sacrificing for God. An occasionally surreal album. But fascinating nonetheless.
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