From the Vault | Mary Mary: Self-Titled

Mary Mary Coast along [Originally posted on Amazon.com, February 28, 2006] I remember when Mary Mary first came out. They were a breath of fresh air on the gospel music scene. Their music was contemporary, relevant, well-produced and vocally astonishing. But something has happened. Even though their vocal expression and songcraft have matured, their music

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From the Vault | Amel Larrieux: Morning

Feel the sunrise in Amel Larrieux’s Morning [Originally posted on Amazon.com, July 3, 2006] What a breath of fresh air this album is to me! I truly appreciate the simple elegance that this artist possesses. Larrieux’s sound is a mixture of Sade, Tracy Chapman, and Teedra Moses. Her vocals are sweet, contemplative, probing, and ethereal.

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From the Vault | Usher: Confessions

Machismo Disguised as Vulnerability [Originally posted on Amazon.com, June 8, 2005] Okay, at first I jumped on the bandwagon and sung the praises of Usher, how he is a great singer and entertainer in the vein of Michael Jackson, but it is not likely the Usher will reach the status of pop icon Jackson unless

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From the Vault | Crystal Lewis: See

 I Just Don’t “See” It [Originally posted on Amazon.com, June 7, 2005] Is it me, or does Crystal Lewis sound whinier ever than before? I was a true Crystal Lewis fan when I heard her song “Beauty of the Cross.” I fell in love with her then soulful voice. Beauty for Ashes and Gold are

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From the Vault | Lisa McClendon: My Diary, Your Life

Neo-Soul at its Best [Originally posted on Amazon.com, June 7, 2005] Lisa McClendon’s debut album, My Diary, Your Life, is truly a masterpiece. You can actually listen to this album without skipping. The lyrics are deep, insightful, and full of anointing, truly. This album has caused me to listen to gospel music differently. Lisa avoids

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From the Vault | Lisa McClendon: Soul Music

Neo-Soul and Polished Praise [Originally posted on Amazon.com, June 7, 2005] Lisa McClendon’s Soul Music is much more polished with better musical quality and production than her last effort. I gave this album four stars because it is not flawless. As much as I love songs about family conflict, “Stuck (Love’s Anthem)” is really as

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Love Yourself Tear

Flip Thru & Chat | BTS (방탄소년단) Love Yourself: Tear

BTS’s Most Sophisticated Album to Date Love Yourself: Tear (2018) is one of my favorite BTS albums to date. This turn introduced a more sophisticated and mature sound for the group. Tear is the older brother of Love Yourself: Her. Whereas Her revealed a love-lorn, light-hearted, and optimistic song set, Tear covers the darker side

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