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V2 ... The Voice Returns

  • reviewed by Christa Banister Copyright Christianity Today International
  • 2007 1 Apr
V2 ... The Voice Returns
Sounds like … well-produced R&B that's reminiscent of R. Kelly, but with a decidedly Christian worldview.At a glance … featuring a slew of guest performers, J Moss' second effort continues to showcase his incredibly diverse talent, both as a performer and producer.Track Listing Jump, Jump
Know Him
I'm Not Perfect
We Love You
Praise on the Inside
Holding On
Let it Go

As one-third of much-lauded production team PAJAM, J Moss has worked with some of the finest in urban gospel, including Kierra "Kiki" Sheard, Byron Cage, and Hezekiah Walker. And while it could have ended up as little more than a vanity project, his solo debut in 2004 proved him a formidable artistic force as well. In light of the chart-topping "We Must Praise" from that project, along with an assortment of accolades, the R&B crooner is back in fine form with V2…The Voice Returns.

Though the title could be perceived as a little ostentatious, Moss certainly has the musical goods to back it up. Especially on the album's standout track "I'm Not Perfect," where his robust tenor voice shines the brightest. In addition to husky, pitch-perfect vocals, the song features the same smooth, irresistible harmonies and catchy R&B style that has become his trademark. While he could easily follow the same formula throughout and still make a good album, Moss isn't afraid to experiment with more danceable grooves on the opening track "Jump, Jump" which feature fantastic vocals from Sheard.

Keeping the guests coming without being overshadowed by them, V2 also features Kirk Franklin on the upbeat feel of "Dance," while Marvin L. Winans and Byron Cage lend their soulful voices to a remix of "We Love You," yet another highlight packed with plenty of earnest reflections. But as he's demonstrated before, Moss fares just fine on his own with the heart-tugging strains of "Abundantly" and "Let It Go," serving as soulful reminders of enduring faith throughout life's difficult moments. And while it's clear that Moss has an ear for hits, the songs of V2 still ring with authenticity despite the gloss production, which is always a welcome and refreshing change from his mainstream R&B counterparts.

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