Tori Kelly - Hiding Place

Published Friday 23rd November 2018
Tori Kelly - Hiding Place
Tori Kelly - Hiding Place

STYLE: Gospel
RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 173635-27665
LABEL: Capitol

Reviewed by Lins Honeyman

There are a number of reasons why Grammy-nominated singer Tori Kelly's latest album recently set the record for the most first-week streams achieved by a gospel album and entered the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart at number one. Firstly, the project has been produced and largely written by gospel luminary Kirk Franklin who, with his decades of experience, brings a polish, pizazz and power to proceedings like no other in his field can. Secondly, as evidenced from the arresting overture on the dance/soul opener "Masterpiece" to the very last note on the gorgeous a cappella track "Soul's Anthem", Kelly has a simply stunning voice that takes Franklin's songs and turns them into her own with a performance that is believable, supremely adept and completely unique to the extent that the California-born singer's failure to go beyond the top 24 in season nine of American Idol now seems incredulous. Thirdly, Kelly has chosen to collaborate with guest artists on half of the eight tracks on offer which adds the icing on the cake (and cleverly gains wider exposure) on some already great songs. For instance, Lecrae raps in the middle of the aforementioned "Masterpiece" whilst vocal group the Hamiltones back Kelly up on the blues-tinged "Help Us To Love" - a heartfelt call for people to love each other as God loves us. Elsewhere, Franklin himself pops up on "Never Alone" and the slick jazz exposition "Just As Sure" finds Jonathan McReynolds to be the perfect duet partner for the star attraction. In an incredibly diverse outing, it's perhaps in the quieter moments where Kelly shines the most with "Psalm 42" and the breathtaking tearjerker "Questions" - the latter dealing with the thorny issue of still having faith even if a healing never comes - being reason enough to seek out this exemplary release.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Masterpiece Ftg Lecrae [Listen]
2. Help Us To Love-ftg The HamilTones [Listen]
3. Sunday [Listen]
4. Just As Sure Ftg Jonathan McReynolds [Listen]
5. Psalm 42 [Listen]
6. Questions [Listen]
7. Never Alone Ftg Kirk Franklin [Listen]
8. Soul's Anthem (It Is Well) [Listen]

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