JGM Pick of the Week: October 2, 2019

“Take Your Burdens”
Chrystal Rucker
From the forthcoming album Graced for This

By Bob Marovich

Chrystal Rucker is one of the finest gospel singers today. Whether on her own or as a featured vocalist, she can turn a good gospel song into a great one.

That’s what she does with “Take Your Burdens,” a conventional song of hope and encouragement written and produced by Asaph Ward. The single gets full-barrel Chrystal. She starts out by giving the song a melodic reading, then opens up her arsenal of growls, squalls, falsetto notes, leaving the listener thoroughly bedazzled by the end.

Chrystal Rucker is at her most effective on slower gospels, but she gives this mid-tempo contemporary piece a solid dose of traditional oomph.

About Bob Marovich

Bob Marovich is a gospel music historian, author, and radio host. Founder of Journal of Gospel Music blog (formally The Black Gospel Blog) and producer of the Gospel Memories Radio Show.

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