In light of so many tragic and violent events occurring over the past few years (or at least being given copious amounts of media coverage), many groups and individuals have felt the need to speak out. In this case, Montel Dorsey & M University are taking a stand through their debut album, Love Over Hate.
The album opens with an interlude featuring recordings from last year's shooting at the Orlando, Florida nightclub and a series of statements reinforcing the truth that man is not given the authority to condemn and sentence others. 1 John 4:8 is quoted and serves as a structure for many of the album's themes. Among these are discouragement, violence, spiritual warfare, racism, hate, and of course, love. While there are many great tracks on Love Over Hate, a few stood out as particularly special. Early on is "Suit Up," which features Farrin Sherelle on guest vocals. It's still early in the year, but this piece is easily in the running for one of 2017's top ten songs.
"Won't He Do It" is another great offering. It's simple, yet brings a warm familiarity with its lyrics and vocals hitting some excellent sweet spots. "Jesus Deliver" features some beautiful vocals and offers devout sincerity in its prayer. "More" also makes a great mark, effectively pairing the lead vocals and background choir in a great fashion.
Love Over Hate is truly a gospel album at heart, but its structure and style will likely draw a few hip hop enthusiasts. I'm far from an expert on gospel music, but this album is a real joy to listen to. There are many great Gospel truths to be heard here, and the variety of artists contained in this one project keeps the album feeling fresh and inspired all the way through.- Review date: 5/21/17, written by David Craft of Jesusfreakhideout.com
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