Resurrection [Bonus Tracks]

Resurrection [Bonus Tracks]

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by Nicol Sponberg
     
 

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The husky-voiced Nicol (Smith) Sponberg, one-third of modern hymns trio Selah, issues her second solo release with Resurrection. Aptly titled, the ten tracks tackle broad themes of spiritual renewal, just as the album itself is a rebirth of Sponberg's pop career. While her self-titled solo debut garnered critics' kudos for its throbbing

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The husky-voiced Nicol (Smith) Sponberg, one-third of modern hymns trio Selah, issues her second solo release with Resurrection. Aptly titled, the ten tracks tackle broad themes of spiritual renewal, just as the album itself is a rebirth of Sponberg's pop career. While her self-titled solo debut garnered critics' kudos for its throbbing dance beats and crossover message, Resurrection reins in some of the rock aggression while offering an R&B-flavored pop far removed from Selah's peaceful hymns. Sponberg avoids easy platitudes in her song choices, preferring meat over fluff every time. Case in point is the feisty dance number "Not You Again," one of five songs Sponberg co-wrote. Addressing an issue relevant to Christians and non-Christians-the "resurrection" of those bad habits and relationships we all thought we'd put to rest long ago-and delivered with a throbbing dance beat, it's a song one could imagine hearing in any dance club. The ballads are equally accessible, with the title track showcasing Sponberg's emotive vocal qualities and rich, smoky timbre. Resurrection shows us another side of Selah's female voice, and it's one we'd like to hear again and again.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Resurrection is Nicol Sponberg's second solo outing. Here, with producer Mark Heimermann, she takes some chances and showcases the full-blown power of her considerable voice. While the music is made up of mostly ultra-slick, lightweight, funky dance and R&B tunes, there are some surprises. For starters, the album opener, "Jacob's Well" is a clear standout. Sponberg sounds like Annie Lennox trying to imitate Aretha Franklin. And no, that's not a bad thing. With its slow, dirge-like tempo, it retains the tension and power of a gospel track set to a dance beat. With its low-end bassline and programmed beats, it feels synthetic until Sponberg opens her mouth and delivers the entire tune to the listener with not only conviction, but plenty of chops as well -- without oversinging. "Not You Again" feels like an updated late-'70s disco tune, but once again her voice, with its studied yet emotional delivery, is what carries it over. The title track is pure pop dreck, however, and not even an instrument like hers can save its schmaltzy production, overworked arrangement, and crummy lyric and melody line. "Anything and Everything" is a standard praise number with some breathy backing vocals added for background texture. And that's the problem. Sponberg's talent is massive. She is a fine, perhaps even gifted singer and understands the ambiguities and nuances in a lyric line, but she is seldom given the chance to put her own tunes across that way. One suspects the uptight Nash Vegas suits at Sony and her producer have decided to amp everything up in terms of drama to get it across to an audience who has been told -- no matter what they feel -- that they can accept only white-bread music, and who indeed may be afraid of true spiritual and emotional conviction. The set is all too snappy and polished and doesn't jive well with the raw edge in Sponberg's voice. The production and song choices lack imagination or taste. Only the depth and breadth of the singer, who has to work twice as hard as she should to rise above Heimermann's muddled mess of sonic nonsense, make Resurrection plausible or listenable. Tell you what -- put her in a room with a horn section, a B-3, some guitars and drums, and a batch of songs that reflect what she's putting across, and she will not only blow you away, but the angels in heaven, led by God himself, will dance their wings off. [The 2007 edition of the album includes two bonus remixes.]

Product Details

Release Date:
04/17/2007
Label:
Curb Mod Afw
UPC:
0715187898127
catalogNumber:
78981
Rank:
148021

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Performance Credits

Nicol Sponberg   Primary Artist,Vocals
Javier Solís   Percussion
George Cocchini   Guitar
David Davidson   Strings
Mark Heimermann   Keyboards
Jerry McPherson   Guitar
Brent Milligan   Bass
Jackie Street   Bass
Wanda Watkins   Choir, Chorus
Dan Needham   Drums
Dan Muckala   Piano,Keyboards
Pete Kipley   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Bass Guitar,Keyboards
Ternae Jordan   Choir, Chorus
Jennifer ONeal   Choir, Chorus
Adrian Tharpe   Choir, Chorus
Latasha Walker   Choir, Chorus
Nissi Walls   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Brian White   Composer
Mark Heimermann   Composer,Producer,drum programming,Audio Production
Jay Joyce   Composer
Bryan Lenox   Composer
Todd Robbins   Engineer
Nick Trevisick   Composer
Nicol Sponberg   Composer
Dan Needham   Programming,drum programming
Glenn Spinner   Engineer
Zarc Porter   Composer
Lenny Bertoldo   Remixing
Bernie Herms   Producer
Dan Muckala   drum programming
Mark Pennells   Composer
Tommy Dorsey   Remixing
Pete Kipley   drum programming
Nate Sallie   Composer
Jay Jay Johnson   Contributor
Nissi Walls   Composer
Tiffany Arbuckle-Lee   Composer
Don Poythress   Composer

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