Motor City Mass Choir
Revival In The House
The latest of the ...In the House worship and praise series
uses a slightly different blueprint. The architects and builders remain the
same, with Fred Hammond’s renowned Face to Face production
team remaining prominent, and The Motor City Mass Choir bringing solid
mass vocals to the table. However, Revival in the House has an urban
finish that goes far beyond any of its five predecessors. Producers: Fred Hammond, Tommie Walker, PamKenyon Donald, David Ivey
album release date: September 28, 1999
Gone is the in-your-face “this is a track” sound, replaced by the one-two punch
of live bass (Fred Hammond) and live drums (Marvin McQuitty) laid over
Tommy Walker's expert keyboard programming. The difference in effect
is astounding, completely opening up the sound and the feel of the project.
True to the series concept, the 12 cuts on this album are again pulled
from the seemingly endless Integrity praise and worship song catalogue,
and given an urban facelift.
PamKenyon Donald’s sizzling lead on Paul Wilbur’s “It Is Good” is
nothing short of stupendous, with the driving “lai lai lai” choir rhythms driving
the cut to glorious heights. Ron Kenoly’s “Jesus Is Alive” becomes
a street-worthy celebration, and “People Just Like Us” originally an
Australian Hillsong bumps to the beat with the help of worship leaders
Jerome Johns and Marsha Johns.
The revival-themed song trio of “Revive Us Lord”, “Revive Us Again”
and “Revival Fire Fall” are presented back-to-back-to-back, each simmering
with an appropriate flame, slow and worshipful, thoroughly urban.
Also notable is the familiar Radical For Christ voice of David
Ivey, who leads in call and response fashion on “But For Grace”.
Integrity President Michael Coleman is absolutely correct
in stating that “there is no more important activity of the human heart
than to praise and worship God”. This astonishing collection in this
vital series opens the door wide open for just that.
reviewed by Stan North —
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