Album Review: Marvin Sapp – ‘Christmas Card’

Artist: Marvin Sapp
Album: Christmas Card
Street Date: 10/22/13
Record Label: RCA Inspiration
Genre: Urban/R&B
iPod Pick: Home For Christmas (Feat. Joe)
Christmas albums tend to fall into a particular genre no matter what
genre the artist grooves in before making the album. In fact Christmasalbum from very alternative artists like She and Him get to make it
into the mainstream market for Christmas. What I love about Marvin
Sapp’s ‘Christmas Card’ is that strong R&B flavor. It’s first R&B and
urban before it’s a Christmas record and I totally love that.
In fact, It feels like Marvin gets to spread his full R&B wings on this
record deviating more from the very hardcore gospel sound we are
accustomed to. Songs like ‘Feel Real Good’, Christmas
Card, Dance (Christmas Step) would do good for a nice
Christmas house party. Though cheesy lyrics such as ‘dance, Christmas
might just be your only chance’ appear on the later. You will
experience creative songwriting and storytelling on the title track as
Marvin sings ‘Times are hard, all I can get you is a Christmas card.
‘Home for Christmas’ with veteran R&B and love songsmith Joe is
priceless! It’s got this amazing RnB tune plus vocal that would almost
make you keep the song on your playlist for 2014 way beyond
Christmas. On ‘ Don’t Get It Twisted’Marvin reminds us that there is
no Christmas without Christ.
I must say I find it inspiring and uplifting to have Marvin release such a
refreshing, upbeat and happy record just a few years after the
passing away of his wife Pastor Malinda Sapp.
Though identifiable takes on classic carols (God Rest Ye Merry
Gentlemen, What Child Is This?) make their way onto this record, this
is a ‘breathe of fresh air’ Christmas record we will be loving for many
more years to come. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

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