Resurrection

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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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - Lisa Zhito
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/10/2004
  • Label: Curb Records
  • UPC: 715187884724
  • Catalog Number: 78847

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Jacob's Well (3:33)
  2. 2 Not You Again (3:45)
  3. 3 Resurrection (4:29)
  4. 4 Anything and Everything (4:03)
  5. 5 Safe (3:49)
  6. 6 Crazy in Love (3:43)
  7. 7 All That I Believe In (4:26)
  8. 8 The Spirit in Me (3:47)
  9. 9 A Better Place (3:59)
  10. 10 Hallelujah (4:21)
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Album Credits

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
Cedric Sesley Choir, Chorus
Pete Kipley Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards
Ternae Jordan Jr. Choir, Chorus
Demitris Chaney Choir, Chorus
Jay Jay Johnson Acoustic Guitar
Jennifer ONeal Choir, Chorus
Adrian Tharpe Choir, Chorus
Latasha Walker Choir, Chorus
Nissi Walls Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Mark Heimermann Composer, Producer, drum programming, Audio Production
Ted Jensen Mastering
Jay Joyce Composer
Bryan Lenox Composer
Todd Robbins Engineer
Nicol Sponberg Composer
Dan Needham Programming, drum programming
Glenn Spinner Engineer
Zarc Porter Composer
Dan Muckala drum programming
Cedric Sesley Vocal Arrangements
Pete Kipley Contributor, drum programming
Nate Sallie Composer
Jay Jay Johnson Contributor
Tiffany Arbuckle-Lee Composer
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