The Art of Praise
- reviewed by LaTonya Taylor Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2003 1 Dec
- You Are Good
- Highly Exalted
- You Are
- Above All
- Lift Every Voice
- Desperate Desire
- Great Is Your Mercy
- There Is None Like You
- I Will Bless the Lord at All Times
- Days of Elijah
As a result, leads frequently sound like they're overcompensating. They're leading the songs as if they're singing choir-backed gospel, but with a small corps of singers that sounds more like a praise team. Over these popular praise choruses, ad-libs frequently sound like they are driving the "choir" too hard, singing too much.
Because of this, it's no surprise that the best tracks on the album come from artists who are known for singing gospel-friendly praise-and-worship—like Alvin Slaughter's rich, effortless "Lift Every Voice," full of Sunday-morning sound, and Daryl Coley's fulsome, dramatic lead on "Desperate Desire."
Other strong offerings include Nancey Jackson's interpretation of "You Are," which showcases her impressive range; Chris Willis' reflective take on "Great Is Your Mercy"; and J-4 Twenty3's R&B-flavored "Above All."
Though not completely successful in fulfilling its "mission,"