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Following 2001's nearly 2 million-selling Live in London and More, Donnie McClurkin's latest arrives with great expectations—all of which it meets splendidly.

Following 2001's nearly 2 million-selling Live in London and More, Donnie McClurkin's latest arrives with great expectations—all of which it meets splendidly. In fact, McClurkin—one of the truly great voices in contemporary music—and his cadre of heavy-hitting producers have crafted a careful mix of traditional gospel, up-to-the-minute pop, and smooth R&B to create what is easily the artist's most formidable and broadly based work to date. Producer David Foster proves that a great song is worth countless great interpretations, as he puts a soft urban touch to the orchestral grandeur of "The Prayer," done here as a duet with the incomparable Yolanda Adams. "Yes You Can" is punchy, soulful pop. "Holy" is a shimmering worship ballad, while Walter Hawkins' classic "Special Gift" is a savory taste of power-packed, Sunday-morning gospel. If he's not there yet, Donnie McClurkin is fast on his way to becoming a household name.—GE