Uncle Fred–Texture of a Man
(Face to Face Productions)
Gospel icon Fred Hammond returns with (by some reckonings) his 29th album, a discography that shows off his musical versatility throughout an effective history of group and solo work, all while honing of his unique brand of urban worship. Uncle Fred–Texture of a Man tears out of the gate with Hammond’s vibrant bass on “Child of the King,” a foot-stomping declaration of identity in Christ. The album is a companion piece to “The Texture of a Man,” the most recent edition of Hammond’s annual Festival of Praise stage production.
At eight songs, the album is on the light side, and it is not readily apparent why it’s called a “Collector’s Edition.” Nonetheless, what’s here is good, highlighted by Hammond’s soulful cover of Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On.” The message is as timely as it’s ever been.