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Freedom

Freedom

Andy Argyrakis
PLEASANT BUT OVERLY PLAIN FUNKY POP

Those who watched Mandisa on “American Idol” or checked out 2008’s It’s Christmas can vouch for her mighty vocal pipes and charisma. While those artistic attributes pop up in a few places throughout her second non-holiday CD, they’re few and far between, leading to fairly bland pleasantries in both the vocal and production departments.

“My Deliverer” may lead off the record with a funky bounce in its step, but Mandisa seems restrained, and the production is a little on the stiff side. Both of those areas are even more sterile across “How Much” and “Victorious,” two paint-by-number pop tracks that are easy on the ear, but indistinguishable from current Christian radio playlists. Sappy strings aside, the singer does showcase some of her range across the powerful “He Is With You” and is even more convincing across “Not Guilty,” in spite of being a predictable ballad.

What the album is lacking in musical innovation, it does partially make up for in the lyrical department, with “Definition of Me” (a duet with Group 1 Crew’s Blanca Reyes) serving as a meaningful reminder that believers should define themselves as children of God rather than a product of pop culture pressures. Longtime listeners will also give props to the performer for loosing over 70 pounds, which also ties into the album’s title and is further reflected in the gospel-filled praise selection “Freedom Song.” Though there’s no denying Mandisa’s unique ministry platform, her creative direction on Freedom falls short of expectations. —Andy Argyrakis
 

ALBUM TRACKS

 
Song Title Length Play Price Buy MP3
 
My Deliverer
Album: Freedom
3:17 $1.29 Buy Song
 
How Much
Album: Freedom
4:01 $0.99 Buy Song
 
He Is With You
Album: Freedom
3:59 $1.29 Buy Song
 
The Definition Of Me (Feat. Blanca From Group 1 Crew)
Album: Freedom
3:29 $0.99 Buy Song
 
Not Guilty
Album: Freedom
4:33 $0.99 Buy Song
 
Leave It In The Valley
Album: Freedom
3:38 $0.99 Buy Song
 
Victorious
Album: Freedom
3:26 $0.99 Buy Song
 
Broken Hallelujah
Album: Freedom
5:04 $0.99 Buy Song
 
Freedom Song
Album: Freedom
3:36 $0.99 Buy Song
 
Dance, Dance, Dance
Album: Freedom
3:09 $0.99 Buy Song
 
You Wouldn't Cry (Andrew's Song)
Album: Freedom
5:28 $0.99 Buy Song
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MANDISA ALBUMS

 
Get Up: The Remixes
(September 2014)
Get Up: The Remixes
0 user reviews
Overcomer (Deluxe Edition)
(August 2013)
Overcomer (Deluxe Edition)
0 user reviews
Overcomer
(August 2013)
Overcomer
0 user reviews
It's Christmas (Christmas Angel Edition)
(October 2012)
It's Christmas (Christmas Angel Edition)
0 user reviews
Remixed: Get Movin'
(August 2012)
Remixed: Get Movin'
0 user reviews
What If We Were Real
(April 2011)
What If We Were Real
0 user reviews
Freedom
(March 2009)
Freedom
0 user reviews
It's Christmas
(October 2008)
It's Christmas
0 user reviews
True Beauty
(July 2007)
True Beauty
0 user reviews
 
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