Trin-i-tee 5:7 takes a step out and rolls their eyes at the proverbial sophomore
jinx. Their second release on powerhouse label B-Rite Music won't
leave fans disappointed, as they return to their flava-ful mix of R&B,
hip-hop and Gospel. Although heavily criticized, the truth of the
matter is that Trin-i-tee 5:7
never shies away from either component
of the words that make up their musical
and gospel.Producers: Armando Colon, Fred Jerkins, Joe Wilson, Robert Smith etc.
album release date: December 28, 1999
This release also marks a change in group members, as Adrian Anderson ably takes the place of
now-mom Terri Brown, joining Angel Taylor and Chanelle Haynes to ensure the reference to their ensemble name
makes sense on a numerical level.
The packaging the beats, the rags is unapologetically modern, but the
content (the lyrics, the overtone) surely
scripture-based and rooted in goodness.
"Put Your Hand in the Hand", is one example of how Trin-i-tee
takes the old and merges it with the new. Producer Armando Colon mixes up
two classics from different genres
adds a little
new millennium spice and instantly, an infectious hit is born.
Even if, after first listen, you don't think you like it,
the sheer tune familiarity will etch its place in your brain
and cause you to hum this one....especially if you were a child
in the eighties! Then there's the bookend remix of the cut, which is
placed in the hands of Kenny M., who elects to drop in a sample of Toni Braxton's hit,
"You're Making Me High" into the musical stew.
Dealing with current issues in a manner that is both useful
and realistic is a tough order. On "My Body"
Trin-i-tee addresses the issue of abstinence. Though the
musical sound might remind you of the millions of songs
out there that encourage promiscuity, this one speaks
clearly and with authority, "My body is the Lord's temple!"
and manages to do so without sounding trite and
sheltered. It's not "Just Say No!", it's
HOW to say no.
In tribute to the women in Gospel that have cleared
the path, the trio pay homage to Shirley Caesar,
Albertina Walker, Mahalia Jackson and Mattie Moss Clark.
Joining the renowned Tramaine Hawkins for a spin on a
revised "Highway to Heaven", they again render a nice
delivery on something old, made new. That degree of novelty includes some
nice production from Joe Wilson, as well as supplemental lyrics from labelmate
Natalie Wilson, and backing vocals from her SOP Chorale.
Crystal Lewis makes a noticeable guest appearance on
the Freddie Jerkins production, "I Promise
You". And the last-minute addition to the project is also
a high profile one, for in a flashback to
the "God's Grace" mega-hit on their debut, "There He Is" brings the songwriting and
and production of R. Kelly back into the picture. In fact, for those who like working homemade mixes,
the vibe to this cut is an obvious candidate for a sequential mix with "God's Grace".
Are we talking about another smooth balladic hit all over again? Probably!
The noise surrounding this project echoes
that of the first project. It's amazing what
controversy a few amped-up tunes can bring.
As for the Jesus-shy lyrics, one doesn't have to
strain too hard to understand who Trin-i-tee means
when they say "He". Let's be real. There are lots
of standard hymns that don't mention Jesus by
name ("Amazing Grace" for one), that by that criteria, we'd have to tear
out of our hymnbooks for not mentioning His Excellency
All things considered, Spiritual Love is
a well rounded project that is worthy of a
listen. While it is true that Trin-i-tee 5:7 may
have packed away their Easter Sunday dresses and
traded them in for some Dolce & Gabbana, it will be apparent
to those who take a closer look that they haven't
traded in their bibles.
reviewed by Melanie Clark and Stan North —
in GospelFlava © copyright 1999. Any information reprinted
or broadcast from this site
must be credited to GospelFlava.com