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T.D. Jakes presents Sacred love Songs 2
(Universal/Fontana) FOR FANS OF: Smooth R&B QQQ
Over ten years ago Potter’s House pastor T.D. Jakes released Sacred Love Songs, a soundtrack for scriptural romance, selling nearly a half million copies. Part two continues exploring the Bible’s definition of love through songs by r&B talents (Ledisi, Joe) and Gospel greats (Karen Clark-Sheard, Fred Hammond) and spoken word snippets by Jakes. Though these brief narratives are distracting, sultry urban grooves, stellar vocals and decent song selection keep the record afloat.
WE LIKE: “Let’s Stay Together ” (by Ledisi)
A Woman falling out of love (Walmart) FOR FANS OF: Dionne Warwick, Tina Turner, The Caravans QQQQ
Now that her health is in check, Aretha Franklin is sounding stronger than ever on A Woman Falling Out Of Love, her first proper studio project
in eight years. The results shift between
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her shimmering soul and boisterous r&B originals, plus a return to her gospel roots (“His Eye Is On The Sparrow” featuring her son Eddie) and even a nod to patriotism (“My Country ‘Tis of Thee”), which in the case of those two covers, never sounded better.
WE LIKE: “My Country ‘Tis of Thee”
live out loud (E1) FOR FANS OF: Martha Munizzi, Marvin Sapp, Vashawn Mitchell QQQ
Trying to bridge the racial rift between Gospel and modern worship music, Preashea enlists various musical tricks: blazing horn hits, hooky choruses and
high-energy praise vocal leadership to uplift her first nationwide live worship recording. Employing like-minded, multi-genre musicians like CeCe winans, Israel Houghton and Aaron Lindsey to duet, co-write and produce, Live succeeds in its musical hybrid. But her nonstop vocal shout outs—no doubt effective in concert—sound overbearing on stereo speakers.
WE LIKE: “He’s Able”
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