|LABEL: Integrity Music/Columbia Records|
SPECIAL EFFECT(S): Platinum-selling sisters follow up their debut with an overabundance of catchy songs that savor '70s dance floor soul and should entice fans of Kirk Franklin, Nicole C. Mullen, and tobyMac.
PRODUCER(S): Warryn Campbell & Rodney Jerkins
Sister act Mary Mary sold a million records in the past couple of years, mostly outside the contemporary Christian market, like Kirk Franklin. But if conservative Bible-belt listeners are getting down with Nicole C. Mullen and tobyMac, there's no way they wouldn't enjoy this platinum duo's sophomore effort, Incredible, a God-centric pop/Gospel disc of great grooves, sweet ballads, and plain truth.
Today's Top 40 has a taste for instant hooks, and Mary Mary knows them well. "God Bless" rides a jiggy-jazzy guitar line into the perfect roller-rink breakdown while "He Said" (produced by the guy behind Destiny's Child's definitive "Say My Name") employs everything from syncopated banjo sounds to P. Diddy-style rap. And there are trunk-bustin' bass lines galore on "Ordinary People," "Give It Up Let It Go," and others.
Elsewhere, the sisters, always in stellar voices comparable to CeCe Winans and Mary J. Blige, show diversity with the soulfully acoustic "Trouble Ain't," the piano-led "I Try," and the childlike "Li'l Girl." Across 17 generous, dynamic tracks, Mary Mary stays alert and entertaining, never leaving a good idea undeveloped. Most impressive is the lyrical consistency of Incredible. Through and through, Mary Mary examine God's Word, find Him faithful, and stand in awe of His graceful gifts. As for the gift of music, Mary Mary has that covered with Incredible, a joyful, smile-inducing standout project worth serious investigation.