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 irritating as it gets, and “Old School” is way too long — it runs its course two minutes before the end.
However, the beautiful, soulful gems include “Grace, Grace, Grace,” the interlude “Vibe Out,” “Go”–which is really three songs in one, “Has Anybody Seen Love,” “More Than A…”–which I think is about as PERFECT a song ever written, and “Capture,” which is truly lovely. These songs more than make up for the lesser ones and the obligatory Integrity songs she had to include because of her contract.
Overall, very satisfying album