Wilmington Chester Mass Choir

Hosanna: And They Sing the Word

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Slick (in the good sense) contemporary gospel by an extremely versatile choral group that makes particularly good use of antiphonal effects (on songs like "Holy, Holy Holy" and "How Great Though Art") and also has a darker vocal sound than most, one that occasionally brings about an extremely dramatic, even ominous quality at times. There are no dull moments to speak of here, thanks to lush but tasteful orchestration and some first-rate soloists (Glenda K. Bailey, in particular, works up a sanctified froth on "Peace"), and the concluding "I Am Healed," perhaps the most traditional gospel offering of the disc, is one of those rare meant-to-be-inspirational finales that actually is.

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