Shante - Be Like You (2007)

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In a day where gospel music is taking on many different sounds and genres, it can be somewhat puzzling to determine the direction of the artist. This is not the case with Shante's Be Like You. With the combination of solid lyrics, fresh vocals, and pure arrangements, Shante offers a project that is inviting and spiritually uplifting.

Boasting only seven tracks, Be Like You tells a heartfelt spiritual story through Shante's polished, yet restrained vocals. The highlight of Be Like You is the honest and genuine songwriting. Listeners will not be disappointed with Shante's testimonies and song arrangements. The fact that there are no majestic choir background vocals or boisterous instruments accompanying Shante's vocals serves as a plus. Instead, Be Like You delivers a soothing, acoustic, and vocally stimulating gospel record.

In a day where gospel music is taking on many different sounds and genres, it can be somewhat puzzling to determine the direction of the artist. This is not the case with Shante's Be Like You. With the combination of solid lyrics, fresh vocals, and pure arrangements, Shante offers a project that is inviting and spiritually uplifting.

Boasting only seven tracks, Be Like You tells a heartfelt spiritual story through Shante's polished, yet restrained vocals. The highlight of Be Like You is the honest and genuine songwriting. Listeners will not be disappointed with Shante's testimonies and song arrangements. The fact that there are no majestic choir background vocals or boisterous instruments accompanying Shante's vocals serves as a plus. Instead, Be Like You delivers a soothing, acoustic, and vocally stimulating gospel record.

It is apparent on the title track Shante is confident with the spiritual tone she has composed. The tracks "Letting Go" and "Fly Away" are not just spiritually uplifting, but the arrangements are encouraging and relaxing. On "So Amazing" and "Free," Shante's vocal delivery and inspirational message will undoubtedly touch the heart and give you hope.

Be Like You may not be groundbreaking nor the best gospel album of the year. However, Shante delivers a project that is lyrically sound, personally relevant, and spiritually sincere. It is definitely worth a listen. Recommended.

Steven Riggs

 
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