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Album Review: Deitrick Haddon – ‘Masterpiece’
Posted on Nov, 2nd

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Veteran gospel artist offers well crafted, radio-ready songs with poise, taking calculated creative risks and leaves us with no doubt he is master of the game. Artist: Deitrick Haddon Album: Masterpiece Street Date: 11/6/15 Record Label: Entertainment One  Genre: R&B iPod Pick: Be Like Jesus Feat. Dominique On Masterpiece, veteran artist Deitrick Haddon takes things a little bit slower in tempo. . . at least for the first three tracks. Think  some pop-influenced rhythm and blues by artists such as Usher, Trey Songz, August Alsina and in fact some element of talk-rap as utilized by artists like Lil Wayne,Willie Maxwell (aka. Fetty Wap) and you know that Versace Versace twerk vibe (please kindly read on once you finish laughing). The music on masterpiece makes for easy listening and chill back tunes to look forward to. It’s hard to stick to one particular sound style for a whole record, in fact for three songs straight (Masterpiece, Sinners, Running). Masterpiece showcases a Deitrick who has mastered his art over the years. On this record, he seems comfortable in his creative skin too. I like it that Deitrick gives us carry-able music in the style of Lecrae; music that it hardly crosses your mind you are listening to gospel as it isn’t stereotyped. Masterpiece is so accessible and it’s music you can listen to everyday not just on Sunday. I can’t wait to see Spotify playlists having songs such as the Aaliyah style ‘They Don’t Give’ by Jordin Sparks also populated with songs from this record. It’s hard to almost miss these jewel lyric while doing the doo-wop when ‘Do It For Love’ starts playing ‘Don’t do it for people for they change. Do it for Jesus. He’s a friend that remains the same’. Also On Lay it Down we hear ‘Truth is you can’t go forward living in the past. . . If God has forgiven you, nobody has the right to keep on judging you’. I personally like the declarative, prophetic and mellow ‘Walls Are Coming Down’. On The Way also follows in the same vein but in an upbeat style. Masterpiece stays true to good music while keeping our eyes on Jesus. His strongest effort yet, catering to all fans garnered right from the beginning of his career.

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