Deitrick Haddon and the Voices of Unity
VIDEO: Chainbreaker

Rarely does an album and its video warrant separate reviews, however, this is special. Deitrick Haddon and VOU releases their first concert video titled Chainbreaker.

This video, recorded at the Unity Cathedral of Faith in Detroit, Michigan, is the concert from which excerpts were taken for the Chainbreaker CD. Haddon delivers an amazing performance on this video, which includes expert lighting, costume changes, an advanced stage setup, and an amazing band.

Deitrick starts the video with the title cut, complete with an energetic performance standing in a simulated jail cell. Accompanying him are the Voices of Unity (VOU), who perform most of the song with chains around theirDeitrick Haddon & VOU Video hands. This high energy performance serves as a fitting opening for a high-impact, energy-driven video that is highlighted by amazing vocal arrangements and breath-taking choreography.

Haddon lets his creative side show on the reggae-inspired “He Never Fails”, where he dons a dreadlocks wig and gives an inspired Bob Marley impersonation. Another particularly memorable performance is the dual talkbox battle on Haddon’s hit song “Fire”.

This video also has several cuts that were not included on the Chainbreaker CD, including live performances of “My Soul”, “No Me Without You”, and “Hold On To Your Faith”, which Deitrick performs with a heavy Master P influence. Haddon also performs a new cut, titled “Tell Somebody”, which is an amazing remix and cover of Michael Jackson’s “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin'”.

Haddon also performs the heartfelt “Don’t Let Me Fall” and takes time to minister to the Detroit audience with the worship-filled praise song, “We Worship You”, featuring a special appearance by Haddon’s father and pastor, Bishop Clarence Haddon. Deitrick concludes the video with the joy-filled remix of “Live the Life”.

All in all, Haddon has really come into his own with his first concert video. The Gospel world has anxiously awaited this video from Haddon and it was certainly worth the wait. Chainbreaker, the video, is a must have for all Gospel lovers and will establish Haddon as a household name in the industry.

Video Production: The Benjamin Group
video release date: August, 1999
Tyscot Records

— reviewed by Gerard Bonner —

You can check out the CD review for Chainbreaker here

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