Despite releases from Gospel’s biggest stars– Kirk Franklin and Mary Mary–Christian Music Makers is going to go out on a limb here, and declare Deitrick Haddon’s “Church On The Moon” the best Gospel CD of 2011. If Marvin Sapp captured are attention last year, it’s “D-Haddy” this year, because he’s taking Gospel to a whole ‘notha level with “Church On The Moon.”
It’s rare that there’s a “concept” album in black Gospel music. Usually it’s pretty typical to have the same-old, same-old sounding music when it comes to Gospel. Every few decades though, someone comes along and takes Gospel to another place, musically, and Deitrick does this with “Church On The Moon,” which imagines what it would be like to know about The Gospel in the year 3000! This “space age” sound, along with his digital crooning style a la Akon meets Michael Jackson, with a very R. Kelly sound overall, is the kind of style that will appeal to a lot of young people today, especially outside of the church walls.
Since Michael Jackson died, people have wondered who could “replace him?” Well, there’s really no replacing him, though Usher and Akon do a decent job bringing “MJ-style” sounds and beats to the world. However, who’d expect a guy doing Gospel music could manage to win over this Michael Jackson fan with music that sounds as if Michael was still alive and singing about Jesus???
“Church On The Moon” features intricately layered harmonies, creative instrumentation, and groovy basslines that’ll get your body moving to the slinky, thick beats.
You need to experience the whole album for yourself. In an era when people buy “singles,” and hardly go to stores anymore to buy full CDs, this “Church On The Moon” release is one of those discs you should go to a store and buy– a physical disc! It’s one of those CDs that makes listening to music, and “Gospel,” interesting again– it’s like watching a great basketball player and you’re wondering what he’s capable of– that’s what Deitrick’s music is like. –Mark Weber