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"Extended editions are primarily designed with two objectives in mind: 1) to keep an act out in the front until the next album drops and 2) to stretch an album's life span on the charts. And with music labels scurrying to keep their rosters in shape and to get every ounce of life out of a previously-released album, it is becoming the norm to see these expansions on record shelves.
Inspirational gospel singer Brian Courtney Wilson gets something close to a modest revival of 2009's Just Love with a newly-expanded deluxe edition, including a bonus 30-minute DVD featuring Wilson in action. Albeit jumbled and rearranged from the original playlist, everything from the first installment returns like the ol' skool R&B title track, the jazzy "Monday's Pain," the Tommy Sims offering "Simply Redeemed" and the popular worship ballad "All I Need." Four new songs are inserted into the deck including the previously-released "The Word," produced by The Bama Boyz and originally seen on a 2006 Spirit Rising compilation. Donny Hathaway's "This Christmas," also taken from a previous Music World release, attaches itself to the album's end. As much as its been covered over the years and with Wilson's version coming off as a lightweight modern reduplication of the 1970 classic, "This Christmas" is presented some forgiveness since Wilson's vocals are closely reminiscent of the soul legend.
Of the greatest surprises on board, Wilson reprises his Windsor Village radio hit "Awesome God" (lifted from the church choir's 2002 project). While its missing the live enthusiasm and spark of the original, Wilson breathes his silky soul voice once again into the Luke Mercer tune. Stan Jones' production also gives the song a fervent pop gloss that may help it squeeze into urban contemporary or mainstream R&B radio formats.
I'm not really sure how Just Love sailed on tranquil waters without the new tracks enclosed this time around. Although the album stll feels a bit too cozy in its AC posturing, the bonus tracks easily give the original a much-needed ointment and a complete feel. Even if the inclusions are mostly leftovers and rarities taken from previous collections, it's pleasant to see and hear an update on the ten-track original.
Those looking for a ballad-induced gospel version of Donny Hathaway, in the style of Will Downing, may need to be introduced to the warm, cozy mature vocals of Brian Courtney Wilson." - HifiMagazine
"Unyielding a power of faith, love & patience vocally, newcomer to Gospel Brian Courtney Wilson surprised me. And he will possibly surprise the rest of the Gospel Community with a knock-out, stellar project from Music World Entertainment in "Just Love" - An album most eagerly anticipated since last year. His music is so bright, his voice so prolific, it may resonate & stick with us throughout the entire year without having to be re-published. I was humbled immediately from track to track & was left with these words: This guy is TRULY blessed to sing. Make no mistake about it.
And 10 tracks of songs may be too short for his gift. But enough to get everyone's attention, including mine. Especially identifying his voice as it relates to another grateful singer in gospel music, Donnie McClurkin. They may even look a little alike. Look at the CD art cover. But Brian took his vocal gift unto a different platform.
"Just Love" broke it all loose for Brian. It is something to acknowledge all the while the R&B influenced production hypnotizes you. And the lyrics goes steady with it. Steadily flowed in a matter of fact; "All I Need" couldn't be inspirational enough, nor block any thoughts that producer & songwriter Stan Jones participation should be identified. Stan helped to co-write & produce just about all of the tracks on "Just Love", which led to "No Other", where you'll find him sharing the microphone with Brian Courtney.
Then take the remote control & press play to "Simply Redeemed" & listen in on the content & the songwriting skills of Brian C. Wilson. And "Almighty God" as well. The compassion & Brians' life experience shared completely filled the compositions & went into great detail what many of us have gone through already & will possibly go through tomorrow in order to acknowledge the mighty power of the Holy One.
The slow praise pasturing & stillness of "Already Here" (see video above) seals the deal, completes the story & attracts the mind, foretelling in great essence what Brian C. is all about. A man who felt compelled to share his story, his love & humbled his life before the throne of Heaven. All by a magnificently, beautifully presence of his voice.
Brian can pick it up on the uplifting praise music meter with tracks like, "I Need More" & "No Other", but the tender slow ballads of love & peace in the tracks mentioned above plus "Almighty God", "Believe", "Waiting To Turn" & "Monday's Pain (The Bridge)" orchestrates Brian's' testimony in fulfillment.
I never covered a Gospel CD before. But I do listen to Gospel Music. And Brian made me, after the review, go back & take various re listens to what I had in my CD pockets & sleeves. A gentleman who took the chance to believe in himself, outdid & performed a masterpiece." - TheurbanMusicScene
Just Love is the debut album by singer Brian Courtney Wilson. The album was released on June 2, 2009 in the United States. The title song received a Dove Award nomination at the 41st GMA Dove Awards. A deluxe edition of the album was released on October 5, 2010, accompanied by a nationwide tour.
Personnel: Castro Coleman (guitar); Maulty Jewell (organ, keyboards); Stan Jones (keyboards, drum programming); Mark Spears, Tim Gray (bass instrument); Ed Hamilton (drum).
Audio Mixer: Stan Jones .
JUST LOVE is the result of Brian Courtney Wilson's decision that his straight job as a pharmaceutical sales rep wasn't fulfilling enough, and that he wanted to dedicate his life to expressing himself through music. But the more significant fact is that it was Wilson's connection to his Christian faith that ultimately informed his decision. The smooth, contemporary R&B sound of JUST LOVE brims with testimony to Wilson's belief. Tracks like the single "All I Need" and the stirring ballad "Simply Redeemed" tell of Wilson's journey toward spiritual awareness, all to a soundtrack that is upbeat, danceable, and affirming.
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