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 just doesn’t have the UMPH! it first did when they came out with Thankful. They seem to be coasting along on the fact that they’re Mary Mary, but this album is not cutting edge or revolutionary-and maybe they don’t want it to be. However, I think they should be striving for more than some of the elevator music sounding tracks that they included on this CD. Which ones am I speaking of? Basically tracks #6-11. They’re all pleasant songs quietly drifting along in the background. “And I” I’ll give a pass because Kirk Franklin does spice it up some and the melody is exquisite.
With all that’s going on in gospel musically, Mary Mary needs to catch up. Virtue is coming out on Darkchilds gospel label, and I hear it’s going to be blazin’.
Best picks: “Believer,” “Heaven,” “Save Me,” and “And I.”