November 1st, 2011
Title: I Survived
Artist: Dorinda Clark-Cole
Label: Light Records
Release Date: August 30, 2011
Grammy, Stellar, and Soul Train Award winner Dorinda Clark-Cole graces the year 2011 with her first album in three years, I Survived. Clark-Cole’s fifth solo album was highly anticipated by fans and doesn’t disappoint—it shows Mrs. Clark-Cole’s vocal range and musical versatility in extraordinary ways.
Like many other current gospel albums, several tracks feature a live music ministry in front of large congregations which adds to the songs’ personal appeal and the effectiveness of the messages. Each of the songs also has its own flavor. For instance, “God is Everything to Me” presents an island/soft rock theme, whereas “Thank You” (featuring her sister Elbernita “Twinkie” Clark-Terrell) goes back to the grassroots of southern gospel music with soulful vocal runs and simple, percussive rhythms. Clark-Cole doesn’t stray too far from her notable jazz and sassy music style. This album also showcases the famous “Clark Sound,” the unique sounds and harmonic complexities attributed exclusively to the Clark Sisters.
Dorinda Clark-Cole’s use of intricate vocal and instrumental arrangements makes the album musically ingenious. Her jazzy personality and the messages she delivers in her songs make this album one of a kind. With different styles of music, Clark-Cole brings dynamic and spice to the album. Without a doubt, Dorinda Clark-Cole’s spirituality is evident throughout the entire album by way of cathartic releases and true passion for Jesus Christ. I Survived makes a great album for people who are “going through” life and need inspiration. Clark-Cole once again blesses the hearts and ears of Christians and non-Christians alike.
Reviewed by DeVol Tyson II
Review Genre(s): Gospel Music and Spirituals