No Ways Tired
While she hasn't recorded an album during this decade, there is perhaps no vocalist more revered and sought after than her. Burrell's signature jazzy vocals coupled with perfect vocal placement and dazzling vocal acrobatics have given Burrell nearly iconic status among singers and musicians alike. She has remained a hot commodity throughout the last decade, performing with the likes of Harry Connick, Jr., Stevie Wonder, Tye Tribbett, and Byron Cage, with a performance for the Pope thrown in the mix. So, Burrell's first album in nine years garners a ton of attention and rightfully so.
No Ways Tired, on Shanachie Records, is twelve-track body of work merging covers of classic church tunes with original tracks from Burrell. The evangelist and heralded vocalist is also an avid songwriter and producer, spreading her talents across the entire body of work.
Joining her in the area of production is Chris "Big Dog" Davis, who does a masterful job of bringing material to the forefront that highlights the texture and color of Burrell's voice. With that, the combination presents work reminiscent of Burrell's debut release, Try Me Again, filled with creative presentations, jazzy elements, and relaxing works.
As one can imagine, a traditional hymn travelling through the Kim Burrell zip code is an event of seismic proportions. Consequently, Burrell adds all sorts of color and life to several classic hymns including "What A Friend We Have In Jesus", the jazzy "Just As I Am", and the infectious "My Faith Looks Up To Thee".
In addition to hymns, Burrell masterfully covers other musical classics such as the George and Ira Gershwin-penned "Someone To Watch Over Me" and the James Cleveland standard "No Ways Tired".
Equally impressive are the Burrell-authored works on the album. Burrell's sister Kathy Burrell joins her on the surrender-filled "Yes To Your Will", marking the only lead vocal collaboration on this effort.
Burrell's lead single "Happy" is an energetic and creative piece that reminds all of the power of simply being happy. Now THAT is a contagious track, if you've ever heard one. Burrell aficionados will absolutely adore the album's "Prelude", which sees Burrell scat to Stevie Wonder's "Sir Duke". Simply priceless!!
Jazzy in nature, flawless in delivery, Burrell's nine year recording absence is sufficiently filled with the album her fans have waited for. Twelve tracks of the vocal essence of Kim Burrell tells us simply that indeed she is No Ways Tired. Neither are we!!
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— review and interview by Gerard Bonner —
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