REVIEW – ANTHONY BROWN & GROUP THERAPY
Better Days is one of my favorites, a definitive dance number DJ’s can work into their rotation. Anthony Brown has figured out the elusive formula to good old Gospel music that gives God the glory and keeps hope alive in the hearts of the heavy burdened. Brown’s ability to also maximize the vocal gift of Group Therapy is on full display as well. On the next track, Anthony Brown slows down the tempo to a near halt, as he croons like a capable after-hours serenader and paints the picture of God…His presence is Water…it fills, it overflows…come fill me again and again. What a lyricist.
The hits keep coming, as Anthony Brown teams up with his sister in the spirit, Maurette Brown Clarke, for a declaration of anticipation in song. Harvest Song is an anthem of belief and faith that listeners with faith the size of a mustard seed can identify with. I get excited knowing what God is getting ready to do.
Testimony is arguably the standout track of this terrific album. Complete with punches, special effects and intelligent artistic arrangements at every turn, Anthony Brown shows his seasoned side as a songwriter, vocal arranger and capable producer. Just in case you thought Testimony was a lucky sonnet, Anthony Brown comes back with another jubilant jam in Do It Again. Cut from the same proverbial cloth that wrapped itself around the wonders of Kirk Franklin and Donald Lawrence, Anthony Brown shows he has a knack for composing audibly attractive songs that resonate with both the ear and the soul.
The album ends like a perfect benediction on Deep Enough, as Anthony Brown serenades of the limitless love of God. You can’t help but sway from side to side, wave your hand in the air and shout, Thank You Jesus! It’s the crowning number to a nearly perfect album.
If only more releases were stacked with so many memorable selections, Gospel consumers would abandoned the singles format on iTunes for full albums once again. Anthony Brown & Group Therapy is perhaps a Top 5 release in 2012 and a serious consideration for the 2013 Stellar Awards Best New Artist of the Year category. Mark my words.
Listen to this sample track