Sounds of Blackness - "The Lord Will Make a Way"

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So smack in the middle of their '94 album Africa to America: The Journey of the Drum - new jack gospel at its finest (don't think Kirk Franklin wasn't takin' notes) - Jam & Lewis and keyboard man Jimmy Wright drop this southern-soul scorcher that sounds like it coulda come straight outta the Al Green Hi songbook. Or Bobby Womack's, for that matter. This is a world away - well, at least a good x-hundred miles south - from the likes of "Optimistic" and "The Pressure Pt. 1," and while those are great records, "The Lord Will Make A Way" is all the better for being that much further away from 'em. Wright's vocals are solid, the backing from the rest of Sounds of Blackness is of course impeccable, but what really makes this song something special is his gutbucket-soul organ playing. Remember, sometimes dirty south juke joints and churches aren't that far apart, in any sense.