This I Know
Versatility is the buzzword on this release from statuesque newcomer Eartha Moore.
Groomed significantly at Marvin Winans’ Perfecting Church in Detroit
and mentored by Dr. Iona Locke, the LA-based Moore does it all.
Going beyond the fine tradition of
also does the arrangements, keys and sax. But back to that singing."I've got a love jones for you Jesus
Moore nurses a soulful, rootsy contralto and almost verges on folksy at times
through the disk’s fourteen tracks, and is very obviously focused on lyrical
expression. Cuts like “Vision” offer encouragement and hope, based on
scripture. Praise is given on the slower “Shekinah Glory”.
Some of the bumpier selections (“He Knows”, “A Natural Thing”) bring a fresh
vibe. These might be better served with a live rhythm track, as the programmed beats
often don’t measure up to the smoky vibe that Moore generates with her vocals. Given her
artistic phrasing, that extra ingredient might just cause some major
Perhaps the killer cut on the project is the unlikely-titled "Love Jones". Moore's husky sounds
highlight this opening track, which is an sparsely-melodic love song to Jesus laid over a
syncopation-riddled groove. Check the ink:
Something in my heart is going on
I've got a love song for you Jesus
And I'll sing it all day long"
from "Love Jones"
Very much her own woman, and not reflecting any major Gospel musical
influences, this is a project to latch onto if you’re looking for
something out of the ordinary.
With a visually stunning CD package, the fledgling AFRT Music label
has tagged their first artist with the slogan, “simply different”. There's certainly no doubt about that.
Producer: Helsa Ariass
album release date: March, 2000
reviewed by Stan North —
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