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Fellowship
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on September 29, 2010
Her new CD just arrived today, and I must say it is quite good. I give it a solid B.

If you like gospel, you'll probably give the album a B+ because most of the songs on it are spirituals. I particularly enjoyed the gospel medley.

The rest of the album is an eclectic mix of originals, folksy soul, and even a couple of rock covers. Many of the tracks have nice guest vocal touches. There is no traditional jazz song on the album. This is ok, because I don't believe it would fit well into the theme of the CD.

As good as she sounds on the album, she sounds even better live. I saw her a few months ago and she completely blew me away. She has an incredible presence too. Make sure to see her live when she is performing near you.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on November 21, 2010
Lizz Wright is making very powerful recordings - music that speaks from her heart. This one for me follows right on The Orchard's kind of revelatory expression from her. The album brings in a gospel influence, but it is a Lizz Wright album, not a gospel album. She is singing about who she is, what she knows and what inspires her. And so she's taken me from being curious to a fan to now, where I anxiously await anything she does.

Maybe time for a live album?

Fellowship also has wonderful contributions from other artists that the description names, and these enrich the listening all that much more. At first I thought the recording - the electronics ambience and general production - was a little too busy compared to her previous albums but I get it now. Sounds good.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
I'm currently listening to Fellowship for the second time in a row after just getting in the mail. I've truly enjoyed Ms. Wright's vocal talents and musical aesthetic since Salt, and in this new CD she invites us to share in the root-base of her beginnings [gospel and beyond], alongside some very personalized secular covers [by some of music's legends] and two tracks with Angelique Kidjo that are surprising and grand. There are also some surprise vocal partnerings with iconic musical beings. And the instrumentation truly enhances and elevates the beauty found here.

In summary, Fellowship feels like Ms. Wright is comfortable with the direction she's heading in life, her origins and her open celebration and love of music, spirit and sharing of it all. I feel 'gifted' and sincerely touched by this CD. While it is distinct for certain, there is no question that this is Lizz Wright, the vocal artist I've grown more appreciative of with each musical offering she graces us with. And that is what I feel listening to this compilation: Grace. Beautiful Grace, Sharing and Spirit. Amazing Grace brings me to near tears--in a powerful and beautiful way.

Enjoy this expansive gem. I will for years to come. It's that kind of music.

[note: the jacket both inside and out conveys the Spirit that infuses this CD...a lovely touch.]

Cheers,
Bead
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on October 2, 2010
Lizz Wright is our finest contemporary vocalist. She has released CD after CD of brilliant performances, all hallmarked by her stunningly rich alto. "Fellowship" is no exception. It is a fantastic CD, built around the rich tradition and inspiration of Gospel music. Not a weak song on the record, and Lizz's voice is as transcendent ever. Check out her incredibly moving version of Amazing Grace -- just when you think that you have heard every possible interpretation of this timeless hymn, Lizz Wright adds new depth and texture with her performance and arrangement. Highly, highly recommended.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Lizz Wrights fourth albums marks the path of this wonderful singer from the traditional gospel singing/Jazz (remember her fisrt album) to a spirutuality that embraces the different religious concepts of the world love to mankind being the motivation to dismiss any kind of hatred. Althoug this idea provokes the traditional believers of any religion and will assuredly end either in condemnation of the ideas presentd in this album or in its acceptance, Lizz Wrights voice hat developed enormous and is well documented in this album. This album is a matter of heart for this really humble and devoted singer. Thos who donot know her the visit to a concert of her is highly recommended :-)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on March 12, 2011
I don't usually buy gospel CDs, but I decided to make an exception for Lizz. From the very first note, I knew this CD was a winner. Lizz is exceedingly gifted and puts plenty of emotion in every song she sings. I like her song selection. This CD is not a traditional gospel CD, and I'm glad she didn't go down that road because it's been done to death. Just like Lizz's previous releases, the CD is a mix of various influences, with gospel being the predominant influence. I also appreciate the fact that the CD is very well recorded, and the bass is stupendous, especially on the first two tracks. I have seen Lizz live several times, and what strikes me about her is that her voice sounds exactly like her CDs. There's no need for the sound engineer to clean up her vocals. I highly recommend this CD. It has become my reference CD which serves as a example of just how good music ought to be.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 4, 2013
I remember listening to her first album and how soulful and thought provoking it was. This album really bring it home. I also remember reading about her in the magazine"Gardens and Guns". My daughter reminded me that she sang at our church in Warner Robins Ga. then it dawned on me where I had heard that voice. You wont regret buying this album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 15, 2012
There is so much to love about this album. Some songs are reminiscent of singers like Mehalia Jackson and Oleta Adams. Very inspirational.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 7, 2012
I've been reading some of the other reviews of this album and I would urge some of those people to stop listening to it and saying, "Oh, this isn't like her other stuff." Accept it on it's own terms. In this album Lizz shares a bit of her heart and faith with us. That's a gift that should not be treated so dismissively. Each of her albums has been unique and this is as well. Now that you all know what this album isn't I hope that one day you will be able to pull it off the shelf and appreciate it for what it is. You have a beautiful experience waiting for you on that day.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 15, 2011
I am blown away by Lizz Wright voice and versatlity in the material she chooses to sing. This cd showcases her incredible talent. The world really needs to know more talent like this and not the gimmicky popular performers of today who really can not sing. Lizz is pure talent and has the gift of voice from God.
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