Carman "No Plan B" by Kelcey Wixtrom (cmaddict.com) on 2014-06-13 09:54:24
“Everybody clap your hands…everybody, don’t you know? It’s time to Praise the Lord!” This statement is fundamental to Carman’s new album, No Plan B. Roll down the car windows and blast the praise tunes; with interesting musical hooks and catchy lyrics, you’re going to be humming these melodies the moment you hear them.
Current fans of southern gospel and soulful praise music will enjoy the wide variety of styles on No Plan B. The southern gospel feel is greatly impacted by a church worship emphasis. The album has strong theme of salvation, living for the Lord, and passion for Him. The song “Yes, yes” is strongly related to this verse: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven” (Matt. 5:16 NIV). Adding to the solid lyrics of this song is an interesting musical theme that mimics the feeling of a tango.
Another repeated theme is Carman’s use of spoken word. This is an increasingly popular trend used in other worship settings. Carman uses spoken word as a way of story telling or building the song, and then he often switches to singing a chorus. While this may be a new element to the listener’s ears, it works well for Carman’s style.
Additionally, the style of this album changes from song to song. Influences of the early worship movement, southern gospel, the blues, power ballads, smooth soul, and even Elvis shine through each of the 12 tracks. Some songs are stripped down to a guitar and minimal backing vocals (“I Did My Best”) while others are a full band party (“Time 2 PTL”). “Peace of the Lord” begins with the sounds of a thunderstorm; “The Flag” is a beautiful tribute to American heroes and American pride. Carman also includes a choir and heavy background vocals. These multiple styles and influences may be a little different than what we are used to hearing on the radio or on Sunday worship; however, these upbeat, intensive combinations are a change worth exploring!
Rating: 4 out of 5
Label: Norway Avenue Records
Release Date: May 27, 2014
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