Lamar Campbell and Spirit of Praise
I Need Your Spirit
They caught the attention of worshipping with their self-titled debut
on the then-fledgling EMI Gospel label. Now, a mere 18 months later,
Lamar Campbell & Spirit of Praise emerge with their sophomore project.
This time out, the praise and worship vibe has slightly more of an edge. Producer: Sanchez Harley
album release date: July 27, 1999
“It’s All About the Love” and “I Really Love You” are the two cuts that
seem to flow seamlessly as extensions of the first project’s hit single
“He Won’t Let You Down”, with smooth choir balladry drawing the focus
onto the love of Jesus Christ. Campbell and crew succeed here in accomplishing
what all Gospel music aims to do –taking attention away from themselves
and placing it all on Jesus.
The offerings are once again diverse on the project. The kicking title
track is bound to gain multiple spins in the cramped confines of DJ
studios everywhere as a raucous all-out Gospel smash is offered up.
But the stand-out cut would have to be “I Will Bless The Lord”,
which features guest appearances by the all-star EMI Gospel roster
line-up of Montrel Darrett and Darwin
Hobbs. (It makes you shake your head and
wonder what the sounds would have been if label-mate Sharon Riley
had been able to make the mix!).
Like the first project, this album was also recorded live in
Indianapolis –the home base of Spirit of Praise. With experienced
producer Sanchez Harley returning to the helm, and with a solid core
of musicians in support, Lamar Campbell & Spirit of Praise once again
live up to their name.
reviewed by Stan North —
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