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Group 1 Crew – ‘Power’ album review
4 Overall Score

Label:

Fervent Records

For Fans Of:

Bruno Mars, Pharrell Williams, Maroon 5

We Like:

“Best Is Yet To Come”

Group 1 Crew – ‘Power’ album review

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These days, Group 1 Crew is solely the brainchild of Manwell Reyes, but his long awaited full-length follow-up to 2012’s Fearless almost didn’t happen. Last December, the singer/songwriter/beat master underwent voice-related surgery and was literally silenced for three months, but as Power (buy) indicates, he’s both fully recovered and artistically rejuvenated. Not only do the surging synths, dance-floor tailored grooves and hopeful power ballads rank right up there with the most infectious in Group 1 Crew’s arsenal, but they all pack a tremendous potential for crossover impact. Throughout it all, Reyes sings of finding identity and self-worth through faith rather fame, while also seizing the opportunity to continue displaying his talents (and those of several up and coming collaborators) following such an uncertain uphill battle.

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About The Author

Andy Argyrakis
Contributing Editor

Andy Argyrakis is a Chicago-based entertainment writer/photographer who appears in the Chicago Tribune, Illinois Entertainer, Daily Journal, Concert Livewire, Hear/Say Magazine and Image Chicago (to name a few). Additional photo credits include Fuse TV, Live Nation, Nikon, Pollstar, Celebrity Access, Paste Magazine, MTV.com and Vibe.com. He’s also the author/narrator of "Access Matthews" (an audio CD tracing the career of Dave Matthews Band) and spends considerable time on tour, including outings with Arlo Guthrie, The Guess Who, Madina Lake (on Linkin Park’s Projekt Revolution) and Gospel Music Channel’s "Gospel Dream" (where he served as season one judge).