abenjaminirby | Brooklyn, New York | 02/23/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"They're back... Rodnie Bryant and CCMC make another great album for Tyscot Records. Beautifully mixing the contemporary and urban flavors of today's gospel in some songs with traditional gospel messages and music in others, making another pretty good album.
The album starts off unexpectedly with an old Darius Brooks penned tune "Great Things", which has been sung by New York choirs for years. The funny thing about it though is that Rodnie and CCMC already have a song entitled "Great Things" on their last album, the smash 'He's A Keepa". I wonder why they didn't name this one something else. After this it goes on into "I Will Sing A New Song" with two mediocre raps by the Righteous Riders, I really liked the beat on this one though. Then there's what we have come to expect from CCMC, the traditional wailing and ministering of soloists like Lela Springfield on "He Just Can Not Fail" which smoothly goes into "Since I Met Jesus", led by Tina Watson, who does some more of that classic gospel wailing we all love.
Then there's "Lift Him Up" and "Safe In Your Arms", penned by Indianapolis resident, Lamar Campbell, a hot upbeat joint and a slow jam respectively. Then there's one of the more unique gospel songs I've heard in a while, the Kayla Parker penned "A Testimony", the hand claps and footstomps add a military, stepping feel to the song. I really liked that one. After that is "Leaning On The Everlasting Arms" one of my faves off the CD, one of the only full choral songs on the CD, this choir is notorious for having a lot of leads. Then there's the worship joint "At The Feet Of Jesus", after this is the "Hymn Medley" six minutes and fifteen seconds of solo by Rodnie Bryant [I think?]. My question is where the choir at?. The album ends with the title track "About My Father's Business", personally I believe that there's just too much talking through this one and the abrupt ending didn't help either. There's also a reprise to "Great Things" at the very end of the CD.
This album's pretty good despite a few small mishaps. Seeing Rodnie Bryant & CCMC back on the scene lets me know that God is indeed a Keepa' and so is this album."