- reviewed by Andree Farias Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2008 1 Jun
- One Mo' Time: Intro
- Friend of Mine
- Family (There's a Healing)
- Long Time Comin' (Holdin' On)
- Words and Rhythm
- How I Feel About You
- Siyahamba (Janie's Song)
- I Declare War
- Be the One
- Don't Let Me Fall
- Intro: Roger
- Good Days, Bad Days
- Can You Stand the Rain?
- I Will Wait
- One Mo' Time: Outro
After a number of delays, The Murrills are finally seeing the release of their Verity Records debut, but now that it's here, the wait seems to be warranted. For a first outing, the disc is truly something different, and so well put-together, it sounds more like a group's sixth offering, not their first.
Part of that is surely attributable to the fact that the sextet—siblings Roger, Arnetta, Donnell, Andre, Darwin, and Damion—have been singing together for a lifetime; you had better sound tight after singing with your family for more than two decades. They owe it all to their mother Janie, who motivated them to sing individually or in teams for as long as they can remember.
Also responsible for the album's completeness is producer and label sponsor Donald Lawrence, with whom The Murrills have been singing since his Tri-City Singers days. Some people may remember them from Lawrence's
It's a really nice balance—not too churchy, not too contemporary, a happy medium between old and new. The few gospelized instances, like the dramatic first single "Family," seem rather obligatory, but luckily the Murrills don't dwell on them too much, sticking to throwback jams like "Don't Let Me Fall," "Good Days Bad Days," and "Friend of Mine."
The Clark Sisters' ultra-polished
If you've lost faith in recent contemporary gospel offerings, give The Murrills a chance. It's one of the freshest, classic-sounding-yet-modern gospel discs you'll hear this year.