STYLE: Gospel RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 20952-11676 LABEL: Integrity Gospel 39332 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RRP: £9.99
Reviewed by Mike Rimmer
Apparently this isn't R&B and it isn't hip-hop - it's Kingdom music. So proclaims the inner sleeve of 'Victory Live'. Tye is not a well known name over here just yet but he is snapping at the heels of genre masters Israel Houghton, Fred Hammond and Kirk Franklin with his blend of gospel, R&B and funk. Visually, it has to be said that he's doing a pretty good impression of Outkast's Andre 3000 and when it comes to the music he's not scared to mix it up. The CD opens and closes in fine fashion. The opening cut "Want It Back" is a stupendous slab of funky gospel with storming choir vocals and tight horns which demand attention. The closing funky synth-driven cut "Victory" wraps everything up nicely with soul inspiring praise and once again Tye's vocals weave in and out of a great choir performance from G A. In between however I'm not totally convinced because though there is some good stuff like the adventurous cover of Andrae Crouch's "Bless The Lord" and rock power balladry of "No Other Choice", too much of this just feels ordinary. "Seated At The Right Hand Of God" features a very poor vocal from DaMaria Tribbett which set my teeth on edge. I suspect if her surname wasn't Tribbett, she wouldn't have had the solo spotlight thrust on her. Tye Tribbett is close but no cigar on this one. Flashes of brilliance suggest that he is capable of recording a genre defying album but this isn't it.
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Victory-Live is a contemporary take on Tye Tribbett’s musical journey based on the trials and triumphs of life and has become his trademark. Victory-Live’s eccentric lyrical and musical arrangements are guaranteed to capture, encourage and motivate each listener.
Tye begins with the track Victory which should become a number 1 chart-topping single on the Gospel charts. The song No other Choice is classic Praise & Worship with a contemporary spin uniquely showcasing the smooth choral vocals while embracing the spirit of worship. Victory-Live is sure to leave listeners claiming Victory!