Wilson and her 19-voice ensemble return with their first offering since their 2000 debut.
Wilson and her 19-voice ensemble return with their first offering since their 2000 debut. While "Good Life" showcases the act's deft knack for instant musical accessibility and state-of-the-heart content (that earlier propelled them into the small elite of new acts to keep a close eye on), it also displays the self-awareness and sure-footedness that only comes with time and experience. The end result confirms the first album's highest promise and more. Wilson wrote 11 of the 13 songs, and she still applies edgy, street-wise sensibilities to funky R&B/gospel: the unstoppably hooky "Free" and "Put Back Joy." A gentler flow emerges on stirring ballads ("No Hatred in Christ" and "Healing Rest"). Confidently holding on to her past as she grows in new directions, Wilson carves a place for herself and S.O.P. as one of gospel's truly important acts.—GE