Mary Mary: Live Last Night


Live Last Night

You know the world domination of AutoTune is complete when even gospel artists start sounding like T-Pain.

On their latest album, "The Sound," the gospel duo Mary Mary break out the digital voice distortion for "God in Me," a song that mixes a bounce track and lyrics about nice cars and fancy clothes with a bit of religious parable. At Rams Head OnStage in Annapolis on Wednesday, the group performed the track, and, although it's a weird sort of mash-up, it didn't sound half-bad. Sisters Erica and Tina Atkins have always used R&B and hip-hop to spice up their work, but "The Sound" is a particularly fine union of the secular and spiritual worlds.

(Read the rest of the review after the jump.)

"Seattle," a song about rainy days, could easily go head-to-head with any bluesy ballad; "I'm Running," is an adult contemporary wonder, and "I Worship You," sounds like something you might hear at a really hip, progressive Bible study.

Still, not all of the new music the sisters performed was quite so inspirational: the title track borrows a bit too heavily from Sam Cooke's "Chain Gang," and "Forgiven Me," despite its beauty, is such a traditional gospel song, it sounds almost as if it was intended for a different album.

But any rough moments were smoothed over when the women ran through their older hits, including "Shackles (Praise You)" and " In the Morning," and closed with "Get Up," the rousing lead single from "The Sound," that has completely infiltrated the bass-heavy, AutoTune-soaked world of urban radio.

-- SARAH GODFREY

Mary Mary performs Monday at the Birchmere. Tickets are still available.

By J. Freedom du Lac |  April 9, 2009; 1:18 PM ET Live Last Night
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