Karen Clark-Sheard – 2nd Chance (Review)

Despite influencing hip-hop-soul wailers like Faith Evans and Kelly Price, gospel staple Clark-Sheard is a relative unknown. But this collection of R&B-steeped God-fearers may change that. At best, Clark-Sheard soars over the tracks (including a jewel produced by fan Missy Elliott) with a hearty soprano that’s thunderously gritty and airily dreamy. But leaden, scripture-dense lyrics too often make this sound more like dogma than deliverance.

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