'...Again' by Donnie McClurkin

May 02, 2003 08:06 PM EDT

Donnie McClurkin's career was revolutionized by the hit single, "We Fall Down," from his now platinum selling album, Live In London and More. His first new album since that fateful release, which arguably put him on the map, is ...Again, a lush, fully-orchestrated collection of eleven new recordings.

Unlike London, Again was recorded mostly in the studio, but McClurkin manages to maintain his high standards of emotional, worshipful performances and perfected production values. Among the standout moments: the killer duet with Yolanda Adams, "The Prayer," which was written and produced by David Foster; the fun "Yes You Can"; McClurkin's new version of the Walter Hawkins classic, "Special Gift"; the live worship set that includes "Holy" and "Create In Me A Clean Heart"; and the tender "So In Love."

As for McClurkin, he wrote or co-wrote eight of the album's eleven songs, produced five of them, and he's never sounded more confident. Best of all, he proves that success doesn't have to make you a sell-out; his fingerprints are all over ...Again and the album is all the better for it. With beautiful production, great songwriting, and fabulous performances, Donnie McClurkin's latest gets a big thumbs up.

By Robin Parrish