Album: True Beauty
First of all, I must say that normally I listen to Christian Rock and occasionally some pop-style music, but no matter what, I normally do not listen to type of music that Mandisa sings. But let me tell you that it was a pleasant suprise.
In her first album Mandisa is able to create a soulful, yet insightful, and still down-to-earth record. Starting off the album is the hit song, Only The World, which is quickly climbing Christian music charts. This song, in itself, is amazing. Reminding us that no matter what happens to us in life, in this world, it is well, only of this world. Once we die, those of us who believe in Jesus will have a perfect eternal life, and that the things of this earth will fade away. Next is the song True Beauty which talks about being happy with who you are, and that God loves you the way you are. Continuing down the track list songs such as Shackles(Praise You), Only You, and Oh, My Lord are thoughtful and heartfelt songs of worship. (Never Gonna) Steal My Joy, similar to Only The World, speaks about how the world can get you down but no matter what, the joy of God is still lodged within the soul of a Christian.
The music is very unique because each track offers its own offering to the album. Some songs, such as Only The World, (Never Gonna) Steal My Joy, and True Beauty are more upbeat and add an urban feel to the album. Songs such as Only You, God Speaking, and Oh, My Lord are less upbeat and offer praise to God.
One nice addition to the album is the final track, Love Somebody, which brings in special guest tobyMac. (I guess it is only fair he gets to be on her album since she recently appeared on his newest project, Portable Sounds, on the track Lose My Soul).
Overall, I love this album. In fact, it has been on repeat since I have gotten it. When this album hits the stores, I recommend you run and grab it. Hey, even grab one for a friend; even if they don’t listen to this type of music they may still like it - I took a chance, and it paid off.