STYLE: Gospel RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 19582-10564 LABEL: Moriah Music Group KOCCD5932 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Lins Honeyman
Robert Lowe is the pastor of the fast growing Mount Moriah church in New York and this release sees him head up his church-based gospel choir Generations for a second time following the release of their debut album 'Total Experience' in 2001. The majority of the tracks on this collection are live and contain the trademark power, passion and energy that you would expect from a top of the range gospel outfit such as Generations. The proceedings kick off in style with the rallying "Appointed End" which confirms the album's overall contemporary feel. The fundamental principles of traditional gospel music are evident throughout though and, as with countless gospel choirs of old, Lowe and Generations are not afraid to let rip and see where the Spirit takes them - all done without missing a beat. For instance, the legendary Twinkie Clark's vocal acrobatics in "Jacob's Well", together with the united energy of the choir in the defiant "Hallelujah Anyhow", reflect the abandonment that arguably only gospel music can achieve. Lowe's inclusion of guest artists keeps things fresh and of particular note are Men Of Standard's Lowell Pye in the worshipful "Holy Is The Lamb" and the pure soul of Andrea Brown in the potential classic "I Won't Let Go 'Til You Bless Me". Lowe's considerable vocal skills are showcased in a sanctified version of the Al Green classic "Let's Stay Together" and is perhaps the most palatable of all the songs on this album for the everyday listener. Whilst not always the easiest of listens due to the raw passion that is contained within the live performance itself, the album comes to a suitable close with four studio tracks including the memorable bonus offering "Remember Me" - written partly by Lowe himself and delivered in true traditional hand clapping, foot stomping gospel style - which typifies the mixture of new and old that makes 'Together Again' a success.
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