♫ Mary Mary – Walking
After six chart-climbing albums and three Grammy Awards, Mary Mary is back at it again and they’ve got something big to share! The gospel duo’s 6th studio album Something Big is yet another contemporary album that showcases their undeniably powerful voices and catchy hooks, embedded with meaningful messages. Erica and Tina have made their mark in gospel music since the debut of their crossover hit-single”Shackles (Praise You)” back in 2000.
Since their introduction to the world, these two sisters have consistently taken contemporary gospel to a new level with each completed project. Something Big is a solid, inspirational album to add to one’s music collection. This Warryn Campbell-produced compilation is one of those albums that will make you do a double-listen, just to make sure you’re actually listening to a gospel album. The album does an excellent job of keeping up with the musical style trends of popular music, while keeping soulful singing at its core…
♫ Mary Mary – Survive
The album kicks off with “Something Big”, an anthem-like track that gives the album an edgy introduction. The song makes you want to stomp your foot to the pulsing drums and symbols. With its repetitive hook, one can’t help but sing along to the call-and-response lyrics. Before you know it, you’re in another world in the follow-up track, “Something Bigger.” The song starts off with chanting, synthesized voices repeating, ‘gotta do it, gotta do it big!’, setting the head-nodding pace for the rest of the track. This song definitely makes you want to move and has a great message on how to stay faithfully motivated and true to yourself. If you’re going to go for anything, you’d better come with it, right? Go hard or go home! A stand out lyric: “Why am I going to the battle if I don’t want to fight? I’m going for the throne. Gotta be incredible!”
♫ Mary Mary – Blind
A few tracks later, Mary Mary slows down the tempo with a reminiscent rendition of the traditional church hymn, “It Is Well” (With My Soul). Rather than using the organ, synthesized voices are heard in the background, singing harmoniously, gently weaving in and out of each other. These ladies never go wrong when it comes to their slow-tempo songs. This is one of those tracks that can be listened to when in need of solace or a soothing, quiet moment for mental clarity.
When it comes to their lead single, “I’m Walking”, one can’t help but think about those days as a child, rollerskating at a rink with one’s friends. It makes you want to just cruise down the strip or the beach, on a warm summer’s day and just smile because you’re feeling that good. This song as well as “Survive” are two songs that you can literally listen to while taking a stroll around the park or neighborhood on a beautiful, sunny day.
♫ Mary Mary – Are You Ready?
As the album progresses, your ears are pleasantly hit with the handclappin’ introduction of their mid-tempo song, “Are You Ready?”, an alternative pop rock-inspired song about the importance of having a strong, positive mindset during those life changing moments. Mary Mary’s message: In order to be where you want to be, you’ve got to “get your mind right”, prepare and take action. One can’t help but agree.
All in all, if you’re looking for an uplifting album that’ll make you move while inspiring you to be at your best, then go grab this album. It’s definitely one good album to add to your iPod playlist. Whether you’re a Christian or a non-believer, this album lays out many powerful messages that any human being can relate to. We all have our bright and not-so-sunny days.