YRM (Your Righteous Mind)

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Having previously released The Law of Confession, Pt. I in 2009, Donald Lawrence & Co. eschew a Pt. II for the moment in favor of 2011's equally conceptual choral gospel collection YRM (Your Righteous Mind). Lawrence, serving as usual as a combination singer, preacher, and master of ceremonies, has some involved ideas to get across, an early one being "You're not a natural being having a spiritual experience, but you're a spiritual being having a natural experience," a statement he makes initially in the lead-off title song and elaborates on during the next track, "Spiritual." That song has a slow soul-funk groove reminiscent of Sly & the Family Stone, and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Having previously released The Law of Confession, Pt. I in 2009, Donald Lawrence & Co. eschew a Pt. II for the moment in favor of 2011's equally conceptual choral gospel collection YRM (Your Righteous Mind). Lawrence, serving as usual as a combination singer, preacher, and master of ceremonies, has some involved ideas to get across, an early one being "You're not a natural being having a spiritual experience, but you're a spiritual being having a natural experience," a statement he makes initially in the lead-off title song and elaborates on during the next track, "Spiritual." That song has a slow soul-funk groove reminiscent of Sly & the Family Stone, and elsewhere, Lawrence makes his musical influences clear, beginning with a cover of Walter Hawkins' "When the Battle Is Over" by declaring, "We gonna take you back to the '80s," and remaining in that decade for a cover of Chaka Khan's 1985 hit "Through the Fire," sung by Tobbi White-Darks and Tommi White. In context, the secular lyric can be taken as directed to God instead of a lover, much like many CCM lyrics that sound like love songs. Most of the time, Lawrence has weightier matters on his mind, however, as he takes on the notion of religious belief as transcending mere human logic in "Not Making Sense, Making Faith." But however theological the underpinning may be, Lawrence and his singers and choir never forget to be entertaining and uplifting. By the end, they are declaring "We Agree" and adding, "Anything is possible."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/9/2011
  • Label: Verity
  • UPC: 886976750725
  • Catalog Number: 767507
  • Sales rank: 76,955

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 YRM (Your Righteous Mind) (4:45)
  2. 2 Spiritual (6:36)
  3. 3 Not Making Sense, Making Faith (5:10)
  4. 4 When the Battle is Over - Dante Hill (3:44)
  5. 5 The "I AM" Factor (Intro) - Bishop Tudor Bismark (2:42)
  6. 6 The "I AM" Factor (5:31)
  7. 7 Through the Fire (5:16)
  8. 8 Strange Land (5:00)
  9. 9 II Chronicles (6:26)
  10. 10 Second Wind (Intro) (2:04)
  11. 11 Second Wind (5:15)
  12. 12 We Agree (4:37)
  13. 13 Restoring the Years (2:14)
  14. 14 We Agree (Reprise) (2:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Donald Lawrence & Co. Primary Artist
Jeff Coffin Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Lawrence Jones Guitar
Kim McFarland Group Member
Tracy Silverman Violin, Viola
Daniel Weatherspoon Keyboards
Eric Thomas Organ
Calvin Rodgers Drums
Roy Agee Trombone, Bass Trombone
Latrice Pace Group Member
Vincent Gardner Trombone
Philip Feaster Keyboards
Derrick Ray Bass
Isaiah Sharkey Guitar
Doug DeHays Baritone Saxophone
Blanche McAllister Group Member
Mike Smith Group Member
Phillip Lassiter Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Saunders Sermons Trombone
Dante Hall Group Member
Floyd Wilkinson Group Member
Tommi White Group Member
Dawn Jordan Group Member
Tobbi White-Darks Group Member
Anita Wilson Group Member
Nick Marchione Trumpet
Tavarius Johnson Drums
Curtis Moore Jr. Organ
Rodney Jones Bass
Donald Lawrence Indexed Contributor
Technical Credits
Walter Hawkins Composer
David Foster Composer
Javier Solís Percussion Arrangement, Percussion Engineer
Percy Bady Producer
Cynthia Weil Composer
Donald Lawrence Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
Tom Coyne Mastering
Calvin Rodgers Producer
Mike Cunningham String Arrangements
Tom Keane Composer
Philip Feaster Producer
Michael Thompson Guitar Arrangements, Guitar Engineer
Jeff Breakey Engineer, Vocal Engineer
Phillip Lassiter Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
James "Jazzy" Jordan Executive Producer
Derick Thomas Composer
Daryl L. Coley Composer
Denise Trotman Art Direction
Cole Patteson grooming
Michael A. Brooks Composer
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