Five years after her solo departure from gospel's legendary Clark Sisters, Sheard returns with a big, bold effort and all the right pieces in place.

Five years after her solo departure from gospel's legendary Clark Sisters, Sheard returns with a big, bold effort and all the right pieces in place. One of the daughters of late gospel pioneer Dr. Mattie Moss-Clark, Sheard truly gives life and breath to the old adage, "gospel in her blood." A formidable production team mans the boards, including PAJAM (Paul Allen and J. Moss), Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, Donald Lawrence, and Karen herself. The material they sink their teeth into is strong from the first bite to the last. "Brand New Day" is smooth R&B, "Be Sure" has a jazzy, orchestral flavor, and Lawrence's "If I Can't Say a Word" is an angelic ballad. The album closes with Sheard's stirring pronouncement, "It's Not Over." One can only heartily agree. 2nd Chance, in fact, sounds like a brand new day.—GE

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