The debut of what promises to be a new brand in gospel anthologies does an admirable job of melding traditional and modern gospel, performed by artists with careers based in both secular and gospel mu

The debut of what promises to be a new brand in gospel anthologies does an admirable job of melding traditional and modern gospel, performed by artists with careers based in both secular and gospel music. Israel & New Breed's funky, rocking "Who Is Like the Lord" stands just fine next to Keith "Wonderboy" Johnson's "Send a Revival" and Bishop Clarence E. McClendon's "May the Lord Bless You Real Good," both Sunday-morning foot-tappers of the first order. The simultaneously released second volume of the series, subtitled Inspirational, gels even better, with mostly young, hip-hop influenced artists carrying the bulk of the collection's 15 songs. Mary, Mary; Dawkins & Dawkins; and particularly Destiny's Child all shine in what promises to be a concept with great depth, as well as a wealth of material and artists from which to draw.—GE