Darnell Davis & The Remnant
No Compromise

In an age when choral music is thought to be on the decline comes Darnell Davis & The Remnant.

Davis is no stranger to choral fans, as he was the music director, writer, and producer behind the award-winning choir Excelsior (see album review) in CD  the early part of this decade. After a successful 2006 debut (see album review), Davis and his Minnesota-based aggregation return with their sophomore effort titled No Compromise.

Thirteen tracks strong, the album is foundationally built on strong vocals, solid writing, and musical arrangements, all steeped in excellence. Davis, an avid songwriter, penned nearly all of the tracks on the project, and partnered with longtime cohort Brian Kendrick on production.

The only song not written by Davis is the Big Jim Wright, Jimmy Jam, & Terry Lewis penned classic "The Lord Will Make A Way", first made popular by The Sounds of Blackness. Robert "Eddie" Robinson handles lead vocals for this track that remains true to its original presentation, peppered with the trademark Remnant flair. Shervonne Wells of the Kurt Carr Singers lends her vocals to "Thank You", making it an easy Sunday morning favorite.

Davis and The Remnant have quickly developed a reputation for fusing musical authenticity with diverse presentations. The group builds on that foundation by bouncing from the more traditional arrangements such as "I Need You" to pop applications with the touching "Rescue Me".

The rock influence of "Use Your Weapon" is undeniable, as Excelsior alumnus David Hurst appositely handles lead vocals. The party becomes so stirring that it bleeds over into the "TR Bump", which is nothing more than an invigorating Sunday morning praise party. Break out those comfortable dancing shoes!

The groove factor elevates on songs such as "It's In This Place" and the funky "Just Believe". You'll be reaching for the repeat button here. In addition, the choir scores big with the punchy praise songs "His Mercy Endureth Forever" and "Awesome God".

Designed to empower and affirm, this album heralds the power of the believer with songs like "Use Your Weapon" and the powerful "Change Your Situation", while continuing to lift the Savior.

Once again, Davis and The Remnant have given us a hit album. No Compromise presents relevant music in a timeless format that will feed church choirs and believers for some time to come. This is a definite add to your musical collection.

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Production: Darnell Davis, Brian Kendrick
album release date: March, 2009

— review by Gerard Bonner

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