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Album Review

No, the title of Kirk Franklin's 11th album is not a cover of the R.E.M. standard. It is, however, a provocative appellation for a modern gospel recording. "Losing My Religion" is named for the spoken word intro to these 13 tracks. It's a rhyming, socio-political-spiritual manifesto, an admonition to evangelists that religion masks God's love and mercy; it's a barrier rather than a bridge. This couldn't be more poignant in an era when religion (not faith) is a chosen weapon in America's culture wars: "I'm losing my religion, thank God/It's my job to help you lose yours." The rest is pure Kirk, much closer in sound and feel to the number one single "Wanna Be Happy" that makes such skillful use of Al Green's "Tired of Being Alone." Franklin enlists a brilliant cast of singers including Deonis Cook, Candy West, Chelsea West, Crystal Aiken, and Amber Bullock. The reggae jam "1-2-3 Victory" offers a monster of a bubbling bassline from Braylon Lacy (who also plays upright on "When" that also features vocal appearances from Lalah Hathaway and Kim Burrell). That's not to minimize regular bassist Keith Taylor's contribution and he's not only this band's anchor, but one of the funkiest players on the contemporary gospel scene. (Check him on the orchestral Sunday morning rave-up "It's Time," with guest vocalists Tasha Page-Lockhart and Zacardi Cortez.) The B-3-driven drama in "True Story" relates the twin plights of a single mother whose bills overwhelm her means, and a soldier who returns from battle only to encounter the violence raging on America's streets. The latter offers the musical vernacular of modern soul with a funky backbeat (provided by a cracking snare and a shimmering hi-hat groove) emboldened by strings and sweeping synths. A pair of ballads reveals vulnerability and need, the moving, "Pray for Me" and the tender "Intercession." "My World Needs You" commences tentatively and prayerfully, but becomes an awe-inspiring, anthemic altar call with vocalists Sarah Reeves, Tasha Cobbs, and Tamela Mann guesting. The set closes with the breakbeat-and-loop-driven "No Sleep Tonight," which underscores the exhortation in the title track. Its profession is that divine love and grace (not religion) are the world's answers. Franklin continues his life's work on Losing My Religion. He doesn't merely inspire this time, but directly engages and confronts Christian believers to leave judgment behind and practice what the New Testament preaches: acceptance and forgiveness — because it has been shown to them. The spoken quotation of John 3:20 that closes the album is a fitting, bracing coda. Losing My Religion is typical Franklin: a set of carefully written, arranged, and produced songs that are fantastically performed.

Customer Reviews


I love me some Kirk Franklin! It's about time someone starts speaking out against homophobic ideology happening in churches and in gospel music!

Love it!!

If you don't love this album, clean your ears! I love all of Kirk's stuff, but for now this is by far his best!!

His Religion IS Lost!!!

Even though I am a little old fashioned, I like Kirk's and Tye's music, at least some of it. I liked and saved at least 5 or 6 songs. Unfortunately, as of the making of this album, Kirk has seemed to have seriously lost his religion! Hanging with Kanye, wearing pink lipstick and dresses and a satanic face change, which is scary, he has gone to the dark side! The thing with key chains on the pants is crap because straight men still use key chains on either side of pants! Also, if you don’t know, the "Rainbow" still belongs to GOD, NOT to sin!!! They need to stop taking things that are good and turning it to evil! An abomination has taken over America along with abortion. Hitler was an angel compared to Planned Parenthood/Murder Hood!!! So, after seeing all of this, I destroyed the 3 Franklin CD's I have. I cannot listen anymore! I would have done the same thing with Israel Horton's CD's if I had bought any. GOD hates sin (adultery, etc.) and will NOT be mocked!!! You cannot straddle the fence!!!


Born: January 26, 1970 in Fort Worth, TX

Genre: Christian & Gospel

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Since his debut, 1993's Kirk Franklin & the Family, Kirk Franklin has been one of the brightest stars in contemporary gospel music. The album spent 100 weeks on the gospel charts (some of those on top), crossed over to the R&B charts, and became the first gospel debut album to go platinum. His second album, Kirk Franklin & the Family Christmas, became the genre's first Christmas album to make it to number one, and his 1996 album Whatcha Lookin' 4 went gold as soon as it was distributed. With such...
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