Hey Everyone!!! As promised, this week I am presenting Part two of the special James Fortune "Live Through It" album. This album is a stellar, fresh, and innovative start to the 2014 year. I believe this album has something for every type of listener. So, without further ado, I present my review of the second disc for James Fortune's album “Live Through It.”
The second disc begins with the up-tempo "Do A Work." The song has a reggae/calypso influenced sound that creates an enjoyable listening experience. This song sets the tone of the album to be more up-tempo and praise centered.
The next song on the album is the smash hit "Live Through It." James Fortune has a knack for creating songs that are motivational, uplifting and inspiring. Live Through it is no exception in this case. The message reminds you that the strength in Christ we possess, allows us to live through any situation.
The piano solo for "Just Smile" sets the stage for an emotionally-pulling and gripping song. The soloist follows the tone and reminds us the importance of smiling even in the midst of difficult and hard times. The soloist who begins the song sounds amazing! Even though you may try not to, you can’t help but to compare the two soloists. Even though the second soloist sounds really good, she is no match for the first soloist. The simplicity of only having the piano as an accompaniment creates a beauty and pureness in sound.
"Empty Me" begins with a Contemporary Christian Music/Rock sound and feeling that causes your body to react in some form of movement. The simplicity of the lyrics creates a true sense of vulnerability and openness. Upon hearing Isaac Carree beginning to sing the verse, you realize that his voice fits this song very well. This is definitely a song that will be placed in heavy rotation for praise and worship teams. The vamp is so simple, that even during the initial listening you will find yourself singing along. The slowing down of the tempo at the end of the song sets the stage for a worship experience, and then when the music is taken out of the song and you can only hear the lyrics, that creates such an intimate moment between you and God.
Israel Houghton has a voice that just breaths worship, so when he begins the song "Light the Way" you feel the worship essence of the song. The song creates a moment of openness between your heart and God. This song shows that worship isn't about the tempo of a song but the message and lyrics. The female lead singing along with Israel was neither an added bonus nor detractor to the song.
The "Light the Way Reprise" led by Israel moves the intimacy of worship and surrendering to the next level.
"Never Forsake Me" is a very touching song, but because it came after such a powerful song as “Light the Way,” in the beginning it appears to be very bland and dull. The repetition of the words “He'll never forsake me” causes you to really contemplate on the faithfulness of God. The lead helps propel the song into a deeper atmosphere of worship.
The testimony that starts the song “Miracles” prepares the listeners for a power packed song. Lisa Page-Knowles pulled out her stellar vocals. I love the incorporation of a full choir featuring Kevin Lemons and Higher Calling. There is nothing like a full choir sound and it is displayed in this song. The transition into the vamp takes you to church as James Fortune instructs. This song causes you not only to feel the anointing in your soul, but reminds you of the miraculous power of Christ. The vamp takes the song to the next level. That “spirit” of Church of God in Christ came out in Lisa Page-Brooks as she was singing and exhorted the audience into praise.
You knew a "Praise Break" was sure to follow suit after the way Miracles ended. The calling of Hezekiah Walker to lead the crowd further into praise was a smart move, seeing how we all know he and his church are known for their expressive praises. The song that Fiya went into took the expression of praise to the next level. The incorporating of praise break anthems and chants created an interactive experience. The change up played at 5:28, took the praise break to a shouting place.
The exhortation given by Bishop John Francis really was the perfect way to end the album. He not only encourages you as a listener, he imparts wisdom and Godly knowledge. I found the free expression of speaking in tongues refreshing as a Pentecostal Christian who affirms this practice.
The second disc pushes the whole album further. This is definitely one of the greatest projects by James Fortune. I definitely believe this album is going to be a multi Stellar Award winning project for him. Go out and purchase this project! I am more than sure you will be glad that you did.
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