It's Not Over
- reviewed by LaTonya Taylor Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2006 1 Jan
The CD maintains the live energy throughout, starting with the bass-driven P-W funk of "Rejoice and Be Glad," featuring several of Clark Sheard's trademark churchified jazz-libs. "I Never Will/You Brought the Sunshine" is a live gospel mash-up (Need proof? Hum "You Brought the Sunshine" over the beginning of the track, then pick it up again as Sheard swings lightly into the 1983 hit.).Other highlights include "Favor," incorporating Clark Sheard's vocal echo; the artfully arranged triple-medley in the middle of the album, which includes the COGIC (Church of God in Christ) praise-break "Hallelujah;" and "It's Not Over," reprised from 2002's
A strength of the album—not uncommon when Lindsey and Houghton are on hand—is that you can feel the live experience. Listen for the audience responding with worshipful shouts during "Oh the Glory." Hear their delight at Clark Sheard's vocal acrobatics. Note the musical director's "Shhhh" during a muted moment. Catch a background vocalist's stray riff. Try—and fail—to mute your own voice.