Throughout 12 years and six albums, Anointed has evolved from a foursome to the two Crawford siblings, the group's creative core all along.

Throughout 12 years and six albums, Anointed has evolved from a foursome to the two Crawford siblings, the group's creative core all along. Gospel and contemporary Christian chart-toppers since the mid-'90s, the prodigiously gifted duo shifts to both a new label and the most confident, arresting urban/R&B gospel posture of its career. Longtime fans will instantly lock on to powerful ballads ("Now Is the Time," "The Great I Am," "Eternal Life"), with brother and sister both in stunning voice. But funky, inventive power pop ("Trust in You") and the hooky, R&B/choral jam "Gonna Lift Your Name" (along with an utterly head-spinning dance remix of the latter) are among the terrific surprises here, and are more than adequate ammo to catapult Anointed into a whole new orbit.—GE

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