Sunday, November 19, 2006

It's Time to Get "Exposed"

Peace and blessings,

I pray all is well with everyone. About two months ago, a great friend of mine and woman of God, Tiffani Johnson, released an album entitled "Exposed." The album is a hybrid of the most intricate sorts. It successfully and beautifully combines neo-soul and gospel, while incorporating alittle rock where appropriate. I'm a firm believer in the idea that the strength and quality of an album is often determined by its intro. And needless to say, this intro, in which Tiffani proclaims that when it comes to God's goodness, she "just can't hold it in," sets the tone for the rest of the album. The next track, "after the love is gone" starts off as sort of a love ballad addressing the frailty of human relationships and the security of a relationship with God, before switching to a more up-beat, gospel sound towards the end. "My plea," which is undoubtedly my favorite track on the album, features a destiny-type match between the Brandelyn's annointed voice and the smooth, "just sit back and groove"-type beat. This song expresses the hurt and sorrow one feels for their fellow brothers and sisters who are suffering for whatever reason, with Tiffani dropping a verse at the end imploring us to do something about the individual and social injustices we are constantly made aware of. "You gave you" is a ballad about showing appreciation for Jesus' ultimate sacrifice (bearing the burden of our sins), and trying to return the favor by giving ourselves to Him. "I surrender all" picks up where the previous song left off, emphasizing the importance of not just giving God our problems, struggles, and concerns, but striving to give God every aspect of our lives to God. This track concludes with Tiffani charging the body of Christ to lace up our shoes and run this race in the name of social justice: to live not just to attain our personal blessings, but to be a blessing to and advocate for the marginalized and oppressed. The album ends with "David's poem" and "David's song," where the poem serves as an intro into the song, which is a plea for God to continue to shower us with His grace and love, despite our shortcomings.

Overall, the album's themes revolve around the life of David (his trials, triumphs, and his hear for God) and social justice, and how these implications for all of us seeking to know God and thus ourselves, more. Although only seven tracks, this album is a "banger" that challenges not only our conception of what constitutes gospel or Christ-centered music, but our conceptions of what is means to follow Jesus. I recommend everyone cop this album, for either the music, the message, or both. Below is a link to the album's info at cdbaby.com. Take care, enjoy, and as always, speekonit...

Album info: http://cdbaby.com/cd/tiffanimarie

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