Lashun Pace - It's My Time (2005)

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After a half decade absence resulting from ill health and personal tragedy, LaShun Pace has happily released It's My Time, her first album on EMI Gospel Records and a nice reintroduction of this longtime favorite to Gospel audiences.  Pace uses the opportunity to shape an album that clearly reflects her challenges over the past few years, essentially creating a thematic album around messages of patience, faith, strength and, ultimately, triumph. 

After a half decade absence resulting from ill health and personal tragedy, LaShun Pace has happily released It's My Time, her first album on EMI Gospel Records and a nice reintroduction of this longtime favorite to Gospel audiences.  Pace uses the opportunity to shape an album that clearly reflects her challenges over the past few years, essentially creating a thematic album around messages of patience, faith, strength and, ultimately, triumph. 

The danceable, electronics-filled title cut (reminiscent of Diana Ross's "I'm Coming Out") leads things off nicely, with Pace's ever-strong voice booming her personal return over a light disco beat.  The rest of the disc alternates between more traditional Gospel numbers ("Emotions," "The Lord Will Make A Way" and "I Trust You"), dance cuts ("When I Worship You") and solid ballads ("You").  The disc may be at its best, though, on more modern sounding mid-tempos such as "Hey," "Cool Praise" and the album closer, "Through Her Eyes," a duet with Pace's daughter Aarion.  Most impressively, Pace wrote the bulk of the material on the album, funneling her experiences of the past several years into a cohesive enjoyable disc that should please her longtime fans and should introduce her to a new audience.  A welcome return of a very talented singer.

by Chris Rizik

 
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