Various - The New Sound Of Gospel

Published Wednesday 12th April 2006
Various - The New Sound Of Gospel
Various - The New Sound Of Gospel

STYLE: Gospel
RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 17950-11259
LABEL: Sony BMG 82876829852
RELEASE DATE: 2006-04-10
RRP: £14.99

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

As Cross Rhythms has chronicled down the years, gospel music has gradually moved away from the mass choirs and fiery quartets of an earlier era and taken on the contemporary urban stylings of today's R&B and hip-hop. Now this compilation of urban gospel will further break down the stereotypes of choir robes and folksy spirituals held by the mass audience (and with Sony lending its marketing muscle this is an album which will be distributed far and wide) while also containing some brand new cuts to keep hardcore urban gospel fans happy. Also, bringing some British gospel acts into the mix is a great idea. In fact, the UK artists more than hold their own with Nu Life, Seven, Raymond & Co and Siani sounding every bit as good as Kirk Franklin, Donnie McClurkin, Virtue and CeCe Winans. There are classics here (Mary Mary's "Shackles", Kierra 'Kiki' Sheard's "You Don't Know") while the new to CD tracks like Raymond & Co's "All That I Am", Four Kornerz' "More Than Life" and Jahaziel's "You Got Yours" are seriously tasty and will no doubt be getting airplay very soon. Purists might quibble that one Chevelle Franklyn track doesn't really do justice to the Caribbean contribution to gospel, while similarly Jahaziel's joint isn't enough to truly represent the amazing rise of holy hip-hop. But let's not nit pick. There's plenty of superb music here which can only spread the word that gospel music is today well and truly culturally connected.

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Product Description
The New Sound Of Gospel brings you the very best in contemporary US and UK Gospel artists packaged as a comprehensive double CD collection that will satisfy both the aficionado and the newcomer to the genre.
Some of the best known and loved artists from the US are featured including Grammy award winning duo Mary Mary 'Believer', Destiny's Child singer Michelle Williams 'Thank You', platinum-selling artist Kirk Franklin 'Looking For You' and the number one US radio smash 'You Don't Know' by Kierra 'Kiki' Sheard.
Aside from the cream of American artists showcased on the album, fans will also get to hear some of the best talent the UK has to offer. Brand new tracks can be heard from the likes of Raymond & Co (seen as the current pioneers of the new UK Gospel movement), Jahaziel (known for his collaborations with Craig David, Lemar and Daniel Bedingfield) and Four Kornerz marking, for many, eagerly-awaited new material following the band's ever-popular debut single 'Clap Clap'.
It's no secret that many of the world's greatest Soul and R&B music stars have their beginnings firmly in Gospel music and The New Sound Of Gospel is a testament to that powerful musical legacy. With a wide range of genres covered (R&B, Soul, Hip Hop, Reggae, Traditional Gospel) and positive messages throughout, this new compilation will undoubtedly win over countless new fans.

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