Music Review: Tye Tribbett & GA

Tye Tribbett - FreshThe tireless, trailblazing Tye Tribbett returns to center-stage with another scintillating CD packed with powerfully produced tracks, rich in reverent expression. FRESH, his fourth and most fearless album to date for Columbia Records is a signature album, marked by raw rock influences, techno-pop production and contrite, lyrical confessions from a sinner determined to make a spiritual comeback.
The album gets off to a good start with the title track, Fresh, a 80s-retro funk-filled jam. Other dance inducing songs include, All For You and Free To Worship. But Tye Tribbett displays his most stirring voice and spirit on his more transparent selections like Only Help, Takeover and Holding On, a wealthy mix of haunting selections fixated on contrition and restoration.
Additional songs like Keep Me, Your Blood and When The Rocks Hit The Ground reinforces a thematic flow obsessed with spiritual salvation, an understandable response to a difficult and turbulent season the experienced both in his personal and professional life. The songs are signature alter calls put to music. The sound and style of FRESH is a noticeable departure for the artist, who gained fame and notoriety as an exuberant personality and infectiously energetic artist.
However, Tye Tribbett unveils both his complexity and sincerity by revealing his heavy heart in worship songs and holy praise throughout the album. Noteworthy is the dismantling of his kinetic chorale – Greater Anointing (GA) – but Tye Tribbett more than makes up for their absence through genius production and collaborations with notable names like Israel Houghton, Isaac Caree, Lowell Pye and Mali Music.

The album marks a new chapter in the professional career and personal journey for Tye Tribbett.  As the artist best described it, “Out with old…in with the new…everything’s Fresh.” For some, a change in Tye Tribbett’s artistry will be a source of discomfort. But for most, the album will represent a fresh and exciting new season of change and expression from one of Gospel music’s most charismatic figures.
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