Craig Seymour
August 02, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

2nd Chance

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Karen Clark Sheard
Producers
Elektra

We gave it a C+

Despite influencing hip-hop-soul wailers like Faith Evans and Kelly Price, gospel staple Clark Sheard is a relative unknown. But this collection of R&B-steeped God-fearers may change that. At best, Clark Sheard soars over the tracks (including a jewel produced by fan Missy Elliott) with a hearty soprano that’s thunderously gritty and airily dreamy. But leaden, scripture-dense lyrics too often make this sound more like dogma than deliverance.

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