urban vArious Artists 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. –Andrew Greer WE LIKE: “Let’s Stay Together ” (by Ledisi) ArethA FrAnKlin 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 All release dates and album titles are subject to change. For the most up-to-date release schedule, visit www.ccmmagazine.com/ category/urban/ urBAn revieWs urBAn neW releAses 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. –Andy Argyrakis WE LIKE: “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” preAsheA hilliArD 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. –Andrew Greer WE LIKE: “He’s Able” 08.09.2011 08.16.2011 08.23.2011 08.30.2011 DONALD LAwrENCE yrM your rigHTeouS MinD VErITy rECOrDS/PrOVIDENT MOrrIS CHAPMAN goSpel prAiSe MrA/EMICMG BECKAH SHAE DeSTiny SHAE SHOC rECOrDS DEITrICK HADDON AnTHology: THe WriTer & HiS MuSiC TySCOT/wOrD FOrEVEr JONES geT reADy (Deluxe eDiTion) EMI GOSPEL/EMICMG MICAH STAMPLEy one voiCe UNIVErSAL MUSIC/EMICMG JAyMES rEUNION TBD BEC rECOrDINGS/EMICMG COMMITTED CoMMiTTeD COLUMBIA rECOrDS/ PrOVIDENT 46 CCM