Mary Mary, Something Big
By Cameron Conant, contributing writer, watchgmctv.com
The new Mary Mary album, Something Big, might more appropriately be called ‘Something for Everyone.’ Here the gospel sister-singers give listeners a collection that spans the pop, soul, and R&B gamut, from the Marvin Gaye-inspired “Survive” to the gentle “Homecoming Glory,” which could be found on an Amy Grant album.
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The album starts with “Recall,” a foot-stomping number with dirty guitars and Stevie Wonder-like keyboard flourishes about Jesus, the “greatest man in history/can’t nobody do better,” while the next song, “Something Bigger” is a well-produced R&B track that’s big indeed, but, like a few others on this album, has a monotonous and unvarying beat, and a bridge that is, if not entirely absent, mostly absent.
However, the 12-song project, Mary Mary’s sixth studio effort, shines as a whole. The duo’s vocals are fantastic, the production is good, and the songs are interesting. Faith themes are addressed throughout, though a few tracks are clearly intended for a more mainstream audience. But how many other albums can attract listeners of Beyonce, Barlow Girl, Nicole C. Mullen, and Amy Grant? Mary Mary does it with this album – and that’s definitely Something Big.
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