Published Mar 20, 2020Looking up and down the star power included on this label debut by gospel star Isaac Carree, one can help but be impressed. Folks like Kirk Franklin and Jazze Pha won't just work with anyone; Carree is anything but. The established artist's vocal chops are never in question, but combines the tone of a contemporary R&B sound with his faith and need to testify.
The Jazze Pha-produced "Love Affair" is slick, overly so, yet sets the requisite pace. Single "Her" is, in a word, beautiful. An ode to his wife, the gospel ballad isn't doing anything we haven't heard before, but Carree does what he does very well.
The 14-track project is dedicated to his faith and reverence for women: "What Kind of Man" (featuring Lisa Knowles and the Brown Singers) is an old school-new school standard; the country vibe of "Woman First" feels authentic; and the gravity of "Worthy" (featuring Todd Galberth) is indeed praiseworthy pop.
Isaac comes correct with No Risk No Reward, but given his intentions, coupled with his given talent, we should have expected nothing less. (Shanachie)