SounDoctrine – Inspire

Anyone who has read my reviews of Perseverance and Endurance will know how deeply I appreciate SounDoctrine’s ‘Alternative Christian Funk’.

With the release of 2010’s ‘Inspire’, we have a new set of positive messages to groove to – it will be my pleasure to take you through them…

The opener ‘Just Think’ features the fabulous vocals of Marlon Saunders and is a midtempo tune which enjoys a stripped-down production. The offbeat time signature could make the song tricky to get into on first hearing but stick with it – those vocals and some very nice keyboard touches will reward you. I like the way this song runs into ‘Brother’s Keeper’- another example of leader Jere B’s ability to wed a meaningful lyric with a head-noddin’ beat. It’s far from being a basic 4/4 dance beat but you’ll be drawn in. Enjoy the vocals and some nice percussive accents. I’d love to hear this with live horns – one day soon, Jere.

Now, now ‘Marriage’ is right up my alley. A slinky funk groove with Incognito-style keyboards and Ragan Whiteside’s lovely flute carrying the melody. The immaculate layering of a sax, flute and keyboard line reminds me of Jeff Lorber’s sound too – and that is one of the highest compliments I can offer. This song is outstanding!! We swing into another instrumental – ‘Sacred Place’ – and there is a lovely vibes sound courtesy of Cliff Barnes (no, not the dude from Dallas) and some lovely ‘clicky’ rhythm guitar from Paul Douds. The lazy Latin feeling makes me imagine recording sessions running late into the summer night – ok that’s just me romanticising but the music takes me there. Take a listen and see what I mean…

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