Out of Eden
No Turning Back
Out of Eden is one of those rare groups that does not struggle to find
their feet landing on both Gospel and CCM territory. Certainly, many have tried to
span the gap, but with the sisterly trio of Lisa, Andrea, and Danielle Kimmey, it comes naturally.Producers: Lisa Kimmey Bragg, Todd Collins and others
album release date: June 15, 1999
always much easier to listen to something natural than to something strained,
no matter how valiant the effort.
With their third project, No Turning Back, Out of Eden present a solid collection of intense
and reflective verse rooted in production that while certainly pop-influenced, contains a hefty flava
Relevant strings, guitar and horn sections layered with
sophisticated loops provide the basis upon which the Kimmey sisters lay
their distinctive three-part vocals and harmony. The work of engineer
Serbin Ghenea and assisting producer Sherri Blair (previously credited
with Usher and Blackstreet material) is used to maximum advantage, generating an edgy
urban-influenced sound that should appeal to many Gospel heads.
Although the project doesn't have a weak track on it, there are certain cuts that
do make an impression. "Window" etches an irrepressible groove that grabs
the ear and
doesn't let up, while expressing absolute hope ("God has given me a window,
and I can finally see the light...").
The duet "Here's My Heart" with labelmates
The Katinas is
another powerhouse, with a personal back and forth conversation with God put to a
softly smooth and soulful ballad by the duo of sibling groups. The hip-hop
title track shows the edgier side of the group, and also features the flows
of rappers Knowdaverbs and
Grits laid over a throwback 70's-ish track of strings and beats.
With quality like this, it will be fascinating to see how the wider world (a
summer tour with
R&B artist Monica is already set) takes in the sounds of Out of Eden.
reviewed by Stan North —
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