“Hallelujah to the Lamb”
James Hall Presents Voices of Citadel
Musicblend Records 2009
James Hall and Voices of Citadel blew the gramophone horn off its couplings recently with their exciting, Pentecostal cover of the Davis Sisters’ classic “Won’t It Be Wonderful.”
The choir’s other single, “Hallelujah to the Lamb,” is equally sonic vocally but lacks the high-octane lift of “Wonderful.” It is virtually indistinguishable from other choir-driven performances of the last few years. Had a lead singer jumped in during the extended vamp and improvised with some joyful and colorful noise, it may have made a difference. Nobody shows up, however, and so the choir repeats the same line over and over in unrequited antiphony.