Scene and Heard – CCCXV: Everyone – The Gospel General (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

11081465_1567444826876379_3118698558300442032_nFaith is a very personal concept, music however is universal and it is the most natural thing in the world to use music as a way of celebrating it, expressing your adoration and adherence and spreading the word which you hold dear. It is safe to say that it is one of the main the reasons music even survived and evolved through the ages, most early music being devotional in nature and sacred in purpose.

And if the thought of music coming from such a very personal, driven by religious devotion then don’t worry because, as is often the way with gospel music, the song doesn’t just appeal to those of a certain faith or indeed of any faith, the message is always so universal, so relatable that whether the helping hand in question is from a higher power or just a concerned friend, the message of friendship and love is what matters. Yes, this comes from a faith based place, anyone calling themselves The Gospel General leaves that in little doubt but it is also very much about the human condition and who amongst us can say that they have never needed a hand up from time to time. This song could be merely a reminder that life is a team effort or it could be about something bigger than human understanding, it just depends on where you stand on such things. But no matter which end of the spectrum you find yourself at, it still has something important to say. 

And musically there is a lot to love as it quickly moves from its gentle balladic introduction into funkier, sassy pop-gospel waters, zinging with vibrance and celebration. And that is the addiction of gospel music, especially when it comes in such an accessible package, the ability to deliver its message and be simply a fun piece of music along the way. That’s how you spread the word.

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