Album reviews are coming in!! We are so blessed!! Album Review by Richard Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews
Miraculous high energy praise Bongo Boy Records – CONSECRATION REVIVAL, VOL II BY VARIOUS ARTISTS: I’ve hinted at it in reviews here before… much of my youth was spent at camp meetings featuring “gospel music“, and I spent a good deal of my sophomore and junior High School years as part of a male quartet that roved all over the South-land singing the praises… I will tell you right now that the groups we played with never “brought the message home” as energetically as what you’ll hear on this miraculous high energy praise album.
The heavy drumbeat intro to the opening song, “Comin To Take Me Home“, segues very smoothly into strong vocal (with excellent backing vocals and choir) that will make The "L&M Project Band" a favorite for you instantly… in fact, this is my personal favorite of the seventeen solid songs of praise offered up on the album!
You’ve never heard an old-fashioned gospel concert with slammin’ soaring guitars like Gypsy Carns puts in front of your ears on “Praise Our Heavenly Father“… his “Save Us Lord” will make the rapture feel ever nearer.
I was very impressed with the piano intro to “Artificial” from 42nd St Singers featuring Alex Alberti… a splendid vocal on this tune. Their “Be My Rock” has much more of a country feel to it, but still carries the message very solidly – this track features Pete Bronkie – DJ’s down Alabama way will be playing this song often!
There’s a lot of blues that sounds “just like church“, and Ann M. Wolf’s “So Full a’ Tears” brings the power of those soulful blues right on into your living room… Ann’s “Dangerous” is simply beautiful, and the strings behind her stunning vocals will bring a tear to your eye, I have no doubt.
Clark Ford’s Underground Treehouse featuring Elizabeth Rhea & Chris Folsom certainly takes me back to those old gospel tents I grew up in with “The Lord Is My Shepard” – a much more traditional approach, with superb vocal work. Their powerful “You Live In Me” features Kiley Hester helping you to rise above the fray in these troubled times!
Sister Shelley’s country-oriented “Love Will Rise” uses great guitar work to bring the spirit to you… it’s easy to tell that she believes every word she’s telling you… you’ll find yourself coming back to this track frequently.
A high-energy group that I enjoyed a lot is Bible Belt Blues on “Unstoppable“… an excellent rock feel on this song… I also liked their “My God, My God“, though it’s a lot more in the style of a prayer; the little church bell that introduces “Holy Revival” reminds me a lot of the little churches my dad (and my granddad) used to preach and sing in!
The beautiful vocal that Tina Sisay sings for us on “Red Light and Blue” reminds us clearly that ALL God’s children belong in his fold… this song should be in schoolhouses across the land to help us all realize the power of unity.
“Thanking God For You“, from Mia Moravis, gives us clear insight into her passion for caring about others… a very easy tune to listen to!
I had reviewed Brian Cooney’s “Nothing Greater” previously, and was very impressed with it… there’s a real sense of universal power in his vocal and the instrumentation is excellent.
That old rockin’ spirit that brings us together in rhythm and love just shines right on through as you listen to “God Bless You” from Raymond Materick… this is another song that I predict will be getting a LOT of airplay!
If you haven’t checked out Bongo Boy Records before, you owe it to your ears (and heart & soul) to do it right now… I give this splendid collection a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 4.99. Get more information on the Bongo Boy Records site for the release. Rotcod Zzaj