Track By Track Review: Erica Campbell- ‘HELP’

Erica Campbell did it! She stepped out on her own and has created an album that is not only inspiring and uplifting ,it is a warm embrace from an old friend who has been where you have been.

After so much anticipation, HELP, Erica Campbell’s debut solo album on MyBlock / eOne is here. It will be available on March 25,2014

The album is a true labor of love for Erica. It comes across in her music clearly.

Track 1. The Question The song comes in with a challenge question: ‘Who killed Jesus?’ The response: “He laid it all down”  immediately calls you into the presence of something special. You are hearing the voice of a woman who clearly has a prayer life and is taking you into her prayer circle. The piano starts off with a clear call to the serious business of salvation and the truth behind it. She continuously calls you to  the truth of  faith. he bog booming choir that conforms in with affirmation reminds a sinner why you believe.

Track 2. You Are  Starts you off with the vibe you would have gotten from Liza Minnelli or a Broadway tune. It calls you to remember the days of  Chorus line’s “One”. This song is a spring in your step song. Erica takes her time with the lyrics and gives you jazz hooks that makes you smile.  She belts out  the lyric  “I said I feel him all over me.” like a big show stopping tune you  would see in a musical. When the track ends you expect to see Erica strutting out of  a door with it slamming behind you.

Track 3. A Little More Jesus  The traditional Sunday hand clapper  that reminds you of Church  when you were younger. It’s just fun. When she performed this song on The Stellar Awards, you were reminded just how good this song is. She makes you smile when she  sings says, “Know my momma didn’t raise me that way.” You are reminded that everyday is a struggle but we a get there with,”Just a Little More Jesus”

Track 4. Help Erica  brings us to and through the plea to The Lord. You can hear the pain and her intention. When she sings the words: “Done prayed every prayer, went to every service like I knew how”. The song gives vivid voice to those of us that suffer every day through the challenges.

She brings you to your knees with this song. Watch her belt it out:

Track 5. I’m A Fan  Kicks of on a beach  and brings you in with a Billie Holiday groove. In this song she reminds she that she is a child of God that is amazed by His creation. The sweet delivery is a love song that you can use in your own meditation so for praise. This song is a good song that families can use  when discussing the concept of God and Christ. It’s a theology lesson to music.

Track 6. The Atkins House skit way reminds you of The Jackson Five rehearsal clip  from the 1970’s that featured Bill Cosby. It is clear that it is a ode to the 1970’s. Little Erica  delivers a name check to reporter that will bring a smile to your face.

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Track 7. Eddie This Erica’s tribute to her father. It is a 1970’s in the pocket groove that reminds you of Chaka Khan and Rufus. Every child that has a great father can relate to this track.  When she  sings, “Thank you for raising all of us.”you choke back the tears and understand where it is coming from.  Her monolog is a brave ode to what kind of woman she has become. It will break your heart.

Track 8. Looking Like This is Billy Preston meets Erica. You almost want to sing Nothing from nothing means nothing.  You are left with a feeling of confidence and assurance when you listen to this song. This is the song you send to someone who is stressed out about every day life.

Track 9. POG This is your worship song that you use with teens. It is an easy to for you to learn and follow. There is a 1980’s synth vibe  that will make Generation X’ers happy. Erica delivers the song with a sense. On this song she proves that she can do anything that she can set her mind to.

Track 10. More Than A Lover Erica  channels her inner Chaka Khan. It is definitely a song that mainstream radio will pickup. The background music gives you a comforting sound that you can nod your head to. You can press repeat on it  and find something new each time you listen.

Track 11. Nobody Else You have a dance track  that you can roll down your car windows to and  know that your neighbors can hear a great track and re-think their lives.

Track 12. All I Need Is You the simplicity of this song is charming. It starts off with Erica and Warryn working on the track together. Erica is secure enough in the song that she is able to take off with it.

Track 13. Changes This song is the modern gospel Diana Ross moment on the album. You can see a waltz across the floor and a soloist singing it at weddings.

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