My Review of Fred Hammond's God, Love & Romance
What a beautiful cd
To all of you gospel music fans out there, I hope that you have had a chance to check out and listen to Fred Hammond's new musical project called God, Love, and Romance. This 2 disc project has been out for some time now. So far, I believe it is getting a good response.
I know a lot of people are used to hearing Fred doing his gospel songs with heart felt lyrics of praise and worship. You will get a taste of that on this cd project as well. When the first song called "I Feel Good" was released back in February of this year, I was blown away. I couldn't wait to hear the rest of his album. But when I did get the cd, I don't know why I waited until some months later to finally listen to it.
It was May of 2012 when I finally decided to pull out Fred's new cd and listen to every song while I was at work one night. I cannot describe the outpouring of emotion that came out of me. I laughed and cried because of the realness and sincerity that was coming from the lyrics of each song. It's funny that I say this because me and my husband were experiencing some rough situations in our marriage at that time.
Disc number one describes how a man goes from the initial courtship of his prospective mate, proposal, marriage, and finally the breakup in 18 songs. It's like a roller coaster ride because of the emotions involved in each stage of the relationship that Fred describes through the words of his songs. In Fred's interview, he states that the idea for this cd was taken from a book of the bible called "Song of Solomon". He also states that no one really talks about this particular book because of the somewhat "racy" language that is supposedly used. But I have to give it to Fred on this one, he really stepped out on faith on this project. Fred also talks about how everything else is preached in the church, but when it comes down to the relationship between a man and a woman, it is such a taboo subject. When I listened to the song "My Lady and Myself", my heart felt so sad, because it related to my own situation. I was in tears!!!!! I remember hearing this song and having to excuse myself to the ladies room so that no one could see my face. This song really touched a nerve within me.
Disc number two was more of what I was used to hearing Fred sing about......praise and worship. My favorite song on this cd was "You're Gonna Make It" featuring James Fortune. This song also brought me to tears because it reminded me that no matter what situation that I was facing, with God's help I was going to be just fine. I love the remixed version of "He Lives". Fred gives his all in describing the crucifixion, burial and the resurrection of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. There is a total of 16 songs ranging from up tempo beats to slow and mellow sounds.
I do believe that there are a lot of critics out there who would not support this project. I personally did not think that Fred would step out of his comfort zone and change up his musical style on this album. He did an excellent job!!!!!! So many of us Christians are so used to the traditional, hymn based songs that we grew up with back in the day. One would argue that this cd sounds more worldly, but I still say that the message is in the music. We need to be more open minded about different things in life. But, I think it's good to get out of your comfort zone and explore some new musical genres.
If you're open to listening to some new genres of music, take a listen to this cd. I promise you won't be disappointed. This project has something for everyone. Be blessed.