Crystal Lewis's live recording opens with a powerful rock riff that
sets the tone for an energetic, danceable collection. Part of the
fire in More Live can be attributed to location: Recorded and
filmed in front of a sold-out hometown crowd in Anaheim, California, the concert finds the gospel-R&B singer positively inspired.
While More Live comes on the heels of Lewis's 2001
retrospective, the releases complement more than they repeat one another.
Lewis's distinctive vocal style is at full throttle
on the 15 songs, adding fresh energy to such familiar Lewis hits as
"Beauty for Ashes," "God's Been Good to Me," and "People Get Ready
(Jesus Is Coming)." At the same time, she adds a bit of rock grit to
such songs as "Not the Same" and "More." All in all, another winner
from one of the industry's most flawless performers. The
accompanying DVD is a full-length concert video featuring