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Thy Kingdom Come

  • reviewed by Andree Farias Copyright Christianity Today International
  • 2008 1 Apr
Thy Kingdom Come
Sounds like … worshipful and elegant contemporary R&B in the same vein as Yolanda Adams, but bearing CeCe Winans' unmistakable stampAt a glance … few are making pop music—urban, contemporary or otherwise—with the same classy, worshipful flair that CeCe Winans puts on display hereTrack Listing We Welcome You (Holy Father) Forever Thy Will Be Done Worthy It Ain't Over Waging War The Test of Time I'll Live for You Bless His Holy Name Oh Holy Place You're the One The Coast Is Clear Falling in Love A Million Miles

Some are calling CeCe Winans' eighth solo album a return to the singer's church roots, though it's not like she ever fully left those roots. In fact, Winans is one of the blessed few in contemporary gospel who can easily make an appearance on Oprah or grace the cover of Jet magazine, and the next day embark on a church tour where admission is free and the repertoire is exclusively God-centered. Such is her crossover appeal.

There's still some truth to the talk of a return. Purified, Winans' 2005 release, was fashioned with mainstream audiences in mind. It was naturally less in-your-face about her convictions—a safer album, some would say. By comparison, Thy Kingdom Come is an all-out praise-and-worship gala, a disc created with the church in mind, not unlike the vocalist's lauded 2003 disc Throne Room, with nods to earlier albums like Alabaster Box and her buoyant self-titled album.

Commensurate with her family history, this is a style that comes easily to Winans. In a song like the rousing "Forever," she even adopts an exhortative tone, bidding worshippers in song à la Martha Munizzi. In this regard, Winans seems very conscious in reminding us that to bring oneself to lift up the name of the King, one must first consider one's own status as a child of the King. Elsewhere, Winans turns into an encourager ("Worthy") and a soldier in the army of the Lord ("Waging War").

Make no mistake, however: Thy Kingdom Come doesn't sound like church music. Winans is a pop singer at heart, a fact that the melodies and the arrangements make very clear. Things are pristinely produced, the ballads are gorgeously handled, and the more urban material is ultra-modern. In short, it's a CeCe Winans album in every sense of the word, indicative of the songstress' unflinching heart for the Savior and the saved.

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