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The Sound is hands down Mary Mary's boldest, most complete work yet – a remarkable milestone in their now decade-long trajectory in music. Assisted by longtime producer Warryn Campbell, the disc melds the twosome’s love of truth-grounded gospel music, yet swathed in a colorful patchwork of R&B, pop, soul, jazz, electronic music, and then some.
Personnel: Mary Mary (background vocals); Karen Clark-Sheard, Daryl Coley, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Joe Ligon, Andra? Crouch, Rance Allen, Tramaine Hawkins, Walter Hawkins (vocals); Michael Thompson , Eric Walls (guitar); Jamar Jones (strings); Gilad Ronen (flute); Dontae Winslow (horns); Warryn Campbell (piano, bass guitar, programming); Derrick "Swol" Ray (bass guitar); Teddy Campbell (drums); Baby Drew (scratches); Onitsha Shaw, Eric Dawkins, Mary Mary Girls, Thomassina Atkins (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Manny Marroquin; Peter Mockran; Peter Mokran; Rob Chiarelli.
Recording information: Fever Recording, North Hollywood, CA.
R&B-influenced gospel duo Mary Mary return with the tremendous THE SOUND, a rollicking modern pop record that sounds in spots (especially on the excellent title track) like what would happen if Amy Winehouse found the gospel spirit. The songs are uniformly catchy and inventively produced and arranged, making THE SOUND a record likely to appeal to a secular audience as well.