Nothing Without You
- reviewed by LaTonya Taylor Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2004 1 Jan
- Power (reprise)
- God Is Able
- I Understand
- I Know the Lord Will Make a Way
- In the Middle
- Can't Nobody Do Me Like Jesus
- Nothing Without You
- Continuous Grace
- I Know Too Much About Him
- Healing in His Tears
On his gold-selling debut album
So expectations are high for
"God Is Able" has the feel of a quiet moment of personal worship. It begins with a sense of at-the-piano intimacy and develops to an orchestral, string-driven high point that will remind listeners of "I Need You Now." The refrain lends itself to congregational singing; here's one that would be nice to hear live as well. "I Understand" is a poignant conversation between a discouraged lead and a reassuring God. The chorus: "One more day/One more step/I'm preparing you for myself/When you can't hear my voice/Please trust my plan/I'm the Lord I see and yes I understand."
"I Know the Lord Will Make a Way" is rendered in the classic, driven blues-sound-meets-gospel-message style that makes hat-wearing church mothers rock in the pews, lace hankies waving. "In the Middle" is subtle R&B, with an acoustic feel courtesy of soft guitar and finger snaps. It's a slowly-building, reflective pop-friendly ballad with lyrics about God's reassuring presence during difficult times. "Can't Nobody" is an updated, brass-infused take on an old theme, featuring uptempo delivery and layered harmonies a la Men of Standard.
The title track is an emotional, piano-driven homage to heavenly and earthly love, while "Continuous Grace" has old-time testimonial flair. "I Know Too Much About Him" is pleasant, but not particularly interesting. It reworks themes already present in the album—and much of gospel music—without really adding much. The final track, "Healing In His Tears" is sweet and delicate, then bold and fulsome, with slightly choral background vocals.