Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Angie Hall - Beyond Expectations...Thoughts from an Unspoken Mind

Angie Hall
Beyond Expectations…Thoughts from an Unspoken Mind
Angie Hall Music (2011)

By Bob Marovich for The Black Gospel Blog.

Not to be confused with Brooklyn’s Angela Hall (Beautiful God), Angie Hall is a North Carolina-born indie singer-songwriter whose musical style is best described as “inspirational fusion.” Hall’s worship lyrics, set to an amalgam of pop, jazz, R&B, rock, CCM and gospel, can be sampled on her debut CD, Beyond Expectations…Thoughts from an Unspoken Mind.

Hall’s youthful, fetching voice is sweet in the high register and tangy in the low register. The musicians are the backbone driving the fusion, though they seem most at home during the jazzier moments. The drummer and producer M. Clemons, jams like a Pat Metheny alum.

Hall’s worship music is tuneful and pleasant, particularly on the opening track, “I Give You My Praise” and the ballad “No Greater Love.” “I Wanna Know” is an almost-whispered prayer lofted upward in a laid-back R&B groove. “Give It Over” assures that by giving your life to God, “things start happening.” Of all the selections on the album, “Give It Over” bears the closest relationship lyrically to gospel as it used to be written.

The most musically impressive track is “Your Love.” Featuring Vickie Farrie, “Your Love” benefits from a well-crafted pop melody and finely-honed musicianship. Hall turns in her most energetic performance of the album. As they used to say in the music business, this is a song “with legs.” Other gospel and inspirational artists whose style favors pop and R&B will find this composition worth checking out.

Beyond Expectations…Thoughts from an Unspoken Mind is a fine album debut for Angie Hall.

Four of Five Stars

Picks: “I Give You My Praise,” “Your Love.”

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