And That's The Way It Is
Alexis Nucklos, aka Lexi, re-joins the Gospel circuit in a smash of an album strong on beat
drives, personally-inspired lyrics and a hip-hop edge.Producers: Gary Crawford, Michael Allen
album re-release date: June, 2001
It's been a very long
time between her 1990 Lection Records debut Call Her Lexi and this sophomore release from Evander Holyfield's Real
Deal Records. The decade in between has seen her collaborate
with Fred Hammond, Dawkins & Dawkins, Kim Rutherford, and also
includes a three-year stint as a background singer for Gerald Levert.
The most familiar cut on And That's The Way It Is might be "I'm A Winner", since Evander Holyfield put it into our ears during his late-nineties boxing match-up with Lennox Lewis. It's an
jam with a hook-laced chorus and a guest rap from Angela Smith. The shorter
Michael Allen remix of the cut is a sure-fire winner as well, with the inclusion of
Allen's Becton-esque ad libs throughout.
Look for a fascinating mid-eastern, other-world vibe on the upbeat "Praise Jesus". It's unique and it's a successful
experiment, although you truly don't quite know where it will go at first.
"That's How I Know", with its heavy groove is another cut worthy of mention.
With a voice that God made for this very urban style, but with a vocal quality that
defies comparison, Lexi continues to carve her niche on this
project with selections such as "It Ain't Over" and "Closer". Softer cuts both,
they take the listener beyond beat intensity and move into smooth groove melodicism
that emphasizes the worshipful words. Backup singers Eric L. Coates and Pam English
more than satisfy with consistently
As a former English teacher, Lexi uses the real-life situations she
encountered daily with her students to present some lyrically-fresh takes
relevant to youthful pursuits and temptations. An example is "Conversations (Hold On)", which takes on the
form of a duet between Lexi and a student, with Lexi offering straight up, biblically sound
advice regarding the temptations of pre-marital sex. Gwen Spencer as the student works a wonderful vocal into the
Rising producers and songwriters Michael Allen and Gary Crawford demonstrate
a sure-fire streetsound awareness, spinning a world of sound throughout the CD
that marches toe to toe with
the highest quality of urban beats available elsewhere. On the quieter cuts, they show that they can
take it down a notch just as effectively. For
this team show up on another CD project
soon would be no surprise.
As more and more artists from the recent past take their place again at the Gospel music table, it's good
to hear voices that you had presumed were confined to a previous time. The voice on this project is one of those, and
it's good to know that you can still call her Lexi.
Real Deal Records
reviewed by Stan North —
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