Album Review: Chanel – ‘Trin-i-tee 5:7 According To Chanel’
Album: Trin-i-tee 5:7: According To Chanel
Street Date: 6/17/14
Record Label: Obsidian Records
iPod Pick: Masterful
Whoever listened to the music of Trin-tee 5:7 in the late 90’s/early 20’s could not have missed the sultry contralto voice of Chanel especially on singles like God’s Grace, Holla and Spiritual Love. The music of the ladies in Trin-tee 5:7 has always been pop RnB held back with a weightiness in the form of soul. Leaning more to Bar stage soul mixed with Anita Baker/Toni Braxtontype RnB is what Chanel offers on Trin-i-tee 5:7: According To Chanel.
For one thing, this project is one that would grow on you over time. Even though, some tracks still stand out from first listen. On the opening track, Repay, Chanel reminiscences the goodness of God and on how He has kept her and how sure she is of one fact: He still has work for her to do on earth. Though Superstar might come across as clumsy and like a square in a round hole theme and music wise for the album overall, it’s hard to miss. Prayer, one of my overall favorite on the record, is a ballad stripped down enough to show Chanel’s voice at its best. It would remind you of everything we loved from the early days of Nicole C. Mullen. ‘Masterful’ leaning into the Neo-soul genre is unique in its entirety and such a song.
The story form Larry is one you would like to turn up on a cold day and let the lyrics draw you into what Chanel has to say.
I really think there is a unique space in the music market for what Chanel has to offer though I don’t think this is a strong effort overall. A little more focus on introspective lyrics and tunes that would complement or stage Chanel’s voice might be considered on her next project. I would also advise less production as Chanel’s music tends to fall on the path of artist such as Joss Stone,Eliza Doolittle, Angie Stone, Macy gray and even Idol runner up Melinda Doolittle who are more of stage performers. With this, I really am looking forward to Chanel’s next record, expectantly. She will do big things. And maybe for now, this actually what Trin-i-tee 5:7 sounds like from Chanel’s part.