MUSIC REVIEW: WOW Gospel 2014 – Various Artists


Wow Gospel 2014, like numerous past editions, is filled with notable gospel music singles from throughout the previous year, 2013 in this case.  For the gospel music lover who missed out on a couple of gospel albums, Wow Gospel 2014 offers the opportunity to hear and collect some of the most uplifting and memorable gospel music in one, double-disc setting. Wow Gospel isn’t perfect, sometimes falling into the pitfalls of ‘the compilation’, but ultimately, it is sound. 


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“Every Praise” opens the first disc of Wow Gospel 2014 courtesy of the great Hezekiah Walker.  The message establishes the tone: “EVERY praise is to our God.” Vashawn Mitchell proceeds to praise the “Greatest Man” in anthemic fashion thanks to the support of choir, guitars, and enthusiastic horns.  Later, “I Win” reappears from Marvin Sapp’s most recent album, also entitled I Win.  On the highly inspired track, Sapp and his accompanying choir claim the victory even before the battle ensues thanks to unshakable faith towards the most High.  Andrae Crouch relives the past via “We Are Not Ashamed”, which appears courtesy of the legendary gospel artist’s Live in Los Angeles.

Plenty of other moments inspire from both tried-and-true musicians and fast-rising newbies.  Recent Grammy-award winner Tasha Cobbs shows of her incredibly vocal abilities on “Break Every Chain”, the performance earning her the prestigious honor.

Bishop Paul S. Morton is one of many tried-and-trues sending the encouragement on the powerful “Your Best Days Yet”.  Shirley Caesar shines on  “Good God”, the title track from her 2013 LP.  As epitomized by its title, Caesar speaks of God’s goodness and mercifulness.   Erica Campbell’s solo turn, “Little More Jesus”, concludes the set’s first disc.  Other wise, performances from the likes of Jason Nelson, William McDowell, William Murphy, and Kurt Carr make an appearance.

Disc two has no shortage of top-notch performances itself. Kirk Franklin kick starts things with “A God Like You”, which chocked full to the brim with energy. Tye Tribett brings it even harder on “If He Did It Before (Same God)”, from his Grammy-winning album, Greater Than.  Characterized by its angular harmonic progression and instrumental lines, “If He Did It Before (Same God)” is the contemporary sound of gospel exemplified.  Mary Mary piggyback Tribbett to close an incredible opening trio with “Go Get It”, the duo’s popular single from compilation album Go Get It.  Throughout the remainder of release, keeping solid, inspirational performances coming seems to be the goal, such as Zacardi Cortez sharing his nuanced, rich vocal strengths on ballad “1 On 1”.  Others appearing includes Israel Houghton, Andy Mineo, Micah Stampley, and Anita Wilson.

Wow Gospel 2014 is solid snapshot into gospel music of present.  While any compilation has imperfections, ultimately, there is little to criticize here, aside from the vast of amount of material clocking in at two and a half hours. Within the album, a variety of unique artists with unique styles come together to accomplish one thing – giving glory and honor to God.


 


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