Mary Mary, Something Big
Sister duo, Mary Mary (Erica and Tina Atkins) have been on top of the modern gospel scene for more than a decade – winning 3 Grammy Awards, 2 American Music Awards, an NAACP Image Award and a BET Award. On their sixth release, the duo is still at the forefront of this wave and have another winner in Something Big.
Something Big opens with the funk-stomping title track which samples The Jackson 5’s “Mama’s Pearl” and clearly defines this as a gospel record for the 21st century. The following track, “Something Bigger” is percussive attack on the senses and could have come off a Gwen Stefani release.
Something Big is an interesting listen, the first half of the record is packed with club hits. Lead single “Walking” is classic R&B soul, while “Blind” and “Never Wave My Flag” reminded me of Mary J. Blige’s Stronger With Each Tear. Believe me, Erica and Tina are both gifted singers with the same chilling vocal acrobatics.
For the second half, Mary Mary take a huge gamble and lose the modern beats for soul-inspired, pop songs – and the gamble really pays off. The urban strut of “Survive” is an intoxicating listen, the epic slow burn of “Catch Me” is the albums hidden gem but the earnest acoustic-pop “Are You Ready” could turn out to be the break-out single of the year.
In an industry that covets the outrageous, Mary Mary bring an honesty on Something Big that exists because of their devotion to The Lord – you may not agree with their religious beliefs but their passion is greatly appreciated. (Columbia)
Rating: 4/5 Stars