In a world of modulated single-word choruses passing for urban contemporary worship, Maranda Curtis single-handedly stands out in a class all her own. Stepping out from her appearances on the albums of gospel veterans Pastor John P. Kee, Kurt Carr, and Youthful Praise (Listen), Maranda has given us sonic perfection in the form of her debut solo release, The Maranda Experience Volume 1.
The EP features 6 songs that are a delight from start to finish, giving us something that we’ve craved for years: a worship experience that is unselfish.You won’t find a woe is me, I’m so terminally unworthy and eternally needy worship style here. These are not songs that focus on worshipping God because of what He has done for us, but simply because of the beauty of His character.
Listen, in short, all I’m saying is The Maranda Experience GOT THE #EARL ON IT! MARANDA OUTCHEA JUST OILY AS GOD ONLY KNOWS WHAT AND I’M HERE. FOR. IT!!
Experience opens up with the beautiful number God Almighty [Watch it HERE]. It is one that transports the listener to the sights and sounds of a Sunday Morning worship. Like the rest of the album, the lyrics are not complex and the listener easily falls in step as Curtis effortless leads us into worship. Although you’ll likely find yourself slipping up a hand of surrender halfway through the 6-minute tune, it is merely an appetizer.
Curtis keeps us in the zone with her rendition of Let Praises Rise (previously recorded by ORU Live in 2012) which flows seamlessly into Nobody Like You Lord and The Lord’s Song, a 7-minute track that truly makes you realize that this is a private moment of worship between Curtis and God that she’s graciously allowed us to witness. Simply put: don’t be surprised if your eyes are brimming with tears by the track’s end.
The album closes as it began: a humble offering of unsullied worship to God with the tracks Victory and Victory Chant. In under 40 minutes, Maranda Curtis demonstrates that worship is not her skill, it is her lifestyle. Her worship leadership is not forced in the least, her anointing is refreshingly real. She gives God and the listener everything she has, leaving it all on the (altar) floor.
The album is perfect in its composition and ordering; no song is out of place, no song needs to be skipped. The vocal arrangements are beautiful and Curtis’ powerful voice never overpowers the song nor the Spirit. The Maranda Experience is proof that the anointing can be neither produced nor studio engineered; it can only come by a complete surrender to God’s call.
About #PerfectAlbums: Bestowing a body of musical work the title of Perfect is a subjective task at best. Yet there are those rare albums that give us such a sonic experience that perfection seems to be an understatement. Here at Unfit Christian, we seek to showcase such albums that we’ve qualified as Perfect. These reviews are unpaid and unsolicited unless otherwise noted.
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