Tate Music Group (released Sept. 17, 2013)
Available on iTunes, Amazon, and other online retailers
By Bob Marovich for The Black Gospel Blog
Redemption is a fine debut CD from Maryland-based singer-songwriter Macheeste’ Malloy. His elastic tenor voice, coupled with sunny, melodic melodies and buzzy electronica, evoke the popular gospel fusion of J Moss, Deitrick Haddon, and Vashawn Mitchell.
The album’s opening track, “How Could I Live,” gives the listener a quick summation of Macheeste’s musical palette. This up-tempo song of effusive praise glides over a sugary blend of gospel, pop, rock, and R&B. “Jodie,” a story song about a person contemplating suicide, is power CCM, while “Heaven Can’t Wait” gets a nuanced Latin treatment. “New Creation” celebrates the spiritual redemption of a friend with a party-like mélange not dissimilar to OutKast’s rollicking 2003 smash, “Hey Ya!”
The lyrics feel personal, as if you are listening in on Macheeste’s most intimate thoughts. For example, the deliberate “Though He Slay Me” finds the singer fiercely trusting in God while fighting the storms of life. He traverses the same thematic terrain on “I Trust You.” “Situations, circumstances spinning out of control," he sings, "but my faith outweighs my circumstance, so I won’t let go.”
All of the songs are written by Macheeste’ with Kevin A. Younger, though “Jodie” is entirely Younger’s creation. I could see Redemption being picked up by a major label because it combines crisp production with smart inspirational songs.
Four of Five Stars
Picks: “How Could I Live,” “Though He Slay Me.”