You Can Make It
Shirley and Bubba have proven to be a powerful combo multiple times before.
It's a pairing that still works. For on this, her 35th album,
Shirley Caesar once again brings producer Bubba Smith into the action
to perfect the sound.Producers: Bubba Smith, Shirley Caesar, Michael E. Mathis
album release date: September 5, 2000
"You Can Make It" is classic Caesar, combining her unparalled Gospel
experience and famous Grammy-winning voice with new music from a
variety of authors. Three choirs are featured: Bobby Jones & The
Nashville Super Choir Cast, The Mt. Calvary Word of Faith Choir (from
Caesar's own Raleigh NC church) and Chicago's New Direction.
The lead single "Rejoice" is the most contemporary of the set,
with a horn smothered latin punch (including brilliant trumpeting
from veteran Gospel horn master Vinnie Ciesielski) and
New Direction pointing the path to "lift up your voice and rejoice".
Horns are also in abundance on the upbeat "Armor of God", backed
by the Superchoir Cast.
Songwriter Danny Graham impacts with three contributions, two
of which are backed by The Mt. Calvary Word of Faith Choir.
On "It's Under the Blood", the cut begins with Caesar's solo
voice with bare keyboard support, swelling to the lyrically
powerful chorus. On "Nicodemus", the familiar recount of the
questioning Pharisee is put to song, punctuated by bursts of
horns, steady congas and rippling piano . Finally, producer Smith adds soft
string orchestration into the soundscape on "I Am God", a
solo balladic meditation from Caesar on the overwhelming omniscience
and power of God. Graham is a songwriter who looks to make a mark watch for him.
Other highlights include Caesar's remake of the bouncy Kevin Davidson
hit, "Lift Him Up", her Superchoir-backed duet with Dr. Bobby Jones on
"What Joy" and the album-closing, majestic "Reign Jesus Reign".
Consistent through this album's ten songs is an excellence of presentation
and delivery from Caesar, and an instrumental beauty brought out
through expert psalmists and assembled together through Bubba
Smith's production gift.
There's no doubt, this is yet another Shirley Caesar project headed
for award territory.
reviewed by Stan North —
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