Thursday January 28, 2016
Review: Sweet Honey in the Rock ‘#LoveinEvolution’
By: Sarah Hearn
The all-female African-American a cappella gospel quintet, Sweet Honey in the Rock has been making music that touches the heart and speaks to the soul for more than four decades.
With the release of their 24th album, “#LoveinEvolution” the ensemble that features Louise Robinson, Carol Maillard, Aisha Kahlil, Nitanju Bolade Casel, and Shirley Childress (American Sign Language interpreter) takes listeners on a journey that is part spiritual trek, part social commentary.
At first blush, “#LoveInEvolution” is a rich eclectic mix of the group’s original songs along with breathtaking covers of popular classics. The 14-track album is laced with Sweet Honey in the Rock’s unique, rapturous blend of jazz, blues, soul, gospel, and African chants. Hands- down the group has mastered the art of a capella musicianship. They breathe new life into already compelling songs such as Marvin Gaye’s “Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology).”
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