Waiting Right Here
Emtro Gospel (2013)
By Bob Marovich for The Black Gospel Blog
Stellar and Dove-nominated artist Alvin Darling takes listeners by the hand and leads them back to the old landmark on Waiting Right Here.
These days it is difficult to find a gospel project that does more than pay lip service to the traditional gospel sound. Waiting Right Here, on the other hand, contains so much hand clapping, joyous music, at fast and slow tempos, that even the odd contemporary selection does not stray too far, in lyric and arrangement, from the old school influence. This is not surprising coming from Darling, who has penned songs for trad divas Shirley Caesar and Dorothy Norwood.
Examples of full-throttle traditional style songs on the album include “Grateful to You Lord” and the quartetty “Help Me to Stand.” “
” is cast in the “what’s wrong with the church
today” mold, and “I Want to Say Thank You” is sung by Darling with bluesy
passion with assenting background vocalists and B3. Darling taps into his inner Walter Hawkins on
the smooth contemporary ballad “Jesus Turned the Page.” The album also includes a remix of Darling’s
hit, “All Night.” Zion
The album showcases the firebrand singing of Beverly Bynes Roberts, who lights up a half-dozen tracks, most notably the jazzy and contemporary “The Red Sea,” and the album’s standout selection, “God Says Yes,” a church wrecker in fourth gear.
The album is also a family affair, with Alvin’s son, Shaun, assisting with engineering and production, as well as contributing lead vocals, arrangements, and song compositions. “Jeremiah” features three generations:
Alvin sings while
Shaun plays keys and ’s
baby grandson (and the song’s namesake), coos. Alvin
Released in early April, Waiting Right Here is a delightfully earthy album, full of good old gospel gusto.
Five of Five Stars
Pick: “God Says Yes.”