Praise Life: Beyond 1.0
- reviewed by Andree Farias Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2006 1 Feb
- We Should Praise Him - Ricky B & V3
- Beyond - Zondaflex
- The Only One - Antonio Neal & Lisa McClendon
- Here I Am to Worship - Nirva Dorsaint
- Lift Him Up - Shonlock
- Glory to You - DaMonsta
- Heart of Worship - Shanea Askew
- Great Jehovah - Soul
- So Into You - Jason Eskridge & M.O.C.
- Steppin' (In the New Year) - Antonio Neal
Although the worship music overload seems to have plateaued, record labels still keep churning them out. But if you think you've seen or heard everything in the genre, think again. Out of left field comes
Chief producer Antonio Neal—himself a recording artist—and helper Mo Henderson could've gone the easy route by recording an album of popular worship covers by simply giving them an urban facelift. Instead, much of this compilation consists of original expressions of worship, which come across as very idiosyncratic given the compilation's urban flair. The trick works, and you need not look further than the two lone staples ("Heart of Worship," "Here I Am to Worship").
Though the beats are thick, the production is glossy and the "street" feel of the tracks is palpable, the lyrics are Christ-centered, delivered either by way of rappers ("Beyond," "Lift Him Up"), crooners ("Great Jehovah," "Steppin'"), or vocal groups ("We Should Praise Him"). None are established artists, but rather up-and-comers and independent cats, which forces you to focus on the songs rather than the star power (or lack thereof) behind them.
At times, the spirited, carefree atmosphere of