Review – In Him We Live – Tim Clifton With Purpose
Dallas, Texas native Tim Clifton’s musical career began to take shape from youth. Clifton would go on to earn a B.A. in music. After serving as a middle school choral teacher and within the musical ministry of The Potter’s House (T.D. Jakes), Clifton assembled his ‘group of worshippers,’ Purpose. 2012 finds Tim Clifton with Purpose delivering their second effort, In Him We Live, independently.
“Intro” sets the tone with production work consisting of the standard gospel rhythm section, as well as synthesized patches and horns. By the conclusion, Purpose enter singing the lyrics “In him we live, in him we move…” in full fruition. The arrangement then carries over into “We Long 4 U,” a superb opener with laid back tempo, exceptional vocal harmonies, and lofty energy. Although sometimes repetitive, “We Long 4 U” lifts the effort to a fast start.
“Better Is One Day” opens with lighter production than the previous cuts. Clifton initially handles the lead, but relinquishes it to Purpose in favor of ad libs. Pleasant, “Better Is One Day” isn’t as exciting as “We Long 4 U,” but yields sound moments through both vamping and ‘rock-gospel’ sensibilities (electric guitar).
“So Amazing” captivates more, rivaling “We Long 4 U.” The pace is quick and the instrumental riffs are as addicting as the lyrics. The “ay yo, ay yo’s” by Purpose throughout are incredibly catchy, as is the chorus: “You are so amazing…I am so in love with you…” Clifton serves as ‘minister’ through his passionate ad libs.
“Only U” is pleasant, though lengthy. The complaint is the cut could build and rouse more than it does. Positively, the vocal harmonies and vocal support are superb. “Cry Holy,” sort of an intro/prelude to “Holy Is The Lord,” yields a spiritual and enjoyable 3:03 duration. The singing is reserved and reverent, while the harmonies are chilling. Supported by pizzicato string patch, “Cry Holy” sounds quite celestial.
Listen to this sample track
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