Music Reviews

From the Vault | Mary Mary: Self-Titled

Mary Mary Coast along [Originally posted on, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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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From the Vault | V3 (Self-Titled)

The Junior Virtue is Here! [Originally posted on, December 13, 2006] Arguably the younger version of Virtue, V3 burst on the gospel music scene this summer as a fresh-faced trio of sisters from Atlanta. LaToya, Shelley, and Sacha Vinson aim “to be real” with young listeners through their debut album, which is a blend

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Coko Grateful

From the Vault | Coko: Grateful

The Coko is a Little Lukewarm I was 14 years old (!) when Sisters With Voices (SWV) came onto the scene in 1992 with their fresh sound and tight harmonies. They were the younger, hipper version of En Vogue. They were like the older sisters you looked up to, singing of love, lust, and infatuation

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Deitrick Haddon 7 Days

From the Vault | Deitrick Haddon: 7 Days

7 is the Number of Perfection [Originally posted on, December 13, 2006] Deitrick Haddon seems to be on a roll musically and artistically these days. I’m not an ardent fan of his music, but I thoroughly enjoy his current offerings, which usually seem to gravitate toward trendy R&B with a gospel twist. From Live

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