4 Stars Out Of 5
Average to Good effort by Flame
March 6, 2013
Flame is one of my favorite Christian rappers and his love for God and the content of the lyrics rate this CD a four on that basis alone. Unfortunately, on this CD, as well as his previous effort on his own label, I'm left thinking it could've been better or deeper. First, the high points; songs like the 6th day, the Great Deception, the funky Show Out, the little classic called Man that clocks in under a minute (Does a great job of highlighting the accomplishments of man while showing it can't rate us a spot in Heaven), and Caught in the Lights (about the deception of fame and fortune) do a great job of illustrating the theme of this CD; Man and his fall. I like the concept, but the CD falls short due to overproduction, short times of some of the songs, and too many singers dominating the tracks. Also, this style of production, while it may appeal to teens, can also be a little grating. the production of rap songs can tend to lead or guide a rapper to have certain inflections in their voices, and sometimes there are times on this CD where the rapping comes across silly or childish, not giving seriousness to the content. Maybe it's because I'm older, but the first track Try Me gave me headache and Scripture Alone seemed to be belittled by the way it was rapped. Add to the fact that the singers seem to take up more time than Flame on a few tracks, I felt as if there was more that could be said, but wasn't. While I always recommend Flame to anyone, and this CD is no exception, it is certainly not the best. I would add this to your Flame collection, but check out his earlier efforts to get a full picture of his talent.