Dave Hollister - The Book of David Vol.1 The Transition

2007-08-01 19:56
So reads Dave Hollister’s thank you note-cum-book-cum-prayer from his fifth album, The Book of David Vol.1 The Transition. Hollister is a Chicago born R&B crooner who co-founded the R&B group Blackstreet, which he shortly left to embark on a solo career. Transition is his debut on a gospel label, but doesn’t claim to change your life or take the holier than thou route. Like he said, he’s not here for the Church folk, so don’t be mistaken into thinking this is another gospel album because it’s not!

He’s still the R&B crooner his ardent fans have grown to love. They won’t be disappointed as it maintains some bump and sway. With jams like “Help Me” you’re in for some head bopping hip-hop beats - just minus words like baby, booty and bitch from the lyrics.

The Book of David is also Dave’s life laid bare on record. It’s a testimony of how he’s picked up the pieces since his life fell apart. Hollister unashamedly chronicles his bumpy road to repentance. He’s on his knees and singing from the bottom of his soul. He goes into detail about the “Drama” in his relationship with his now estranged wife in the “The Divorce”, the loneliness and struggle he experienced in “My Pain” and the final day in court in the bitter and melancholic “The Settlement”. “I Let Heaven Down” is Hollister admitting to still doing wrong. The challenges and paradoxes of Christianity are exposed in “The Morning After”.

The Book of David vol.1 The Transition showcases an authentic transition from being lost to being found. “Take Me Back” is an up-tempo Latin groove and no, he’s not asking his wife to take him back but to be saved. Hollister closes the album by saying “This is my story; I hope you heard something that will help you make it through the day”. Unlike most R&B artists who are jumping on the gospel music bandwagon, Dave Hollister’s latest album is a sincere reflection of how he’s come full-circle as a preacher’s son. He’s come home and fans are most likely to welcome this musical book into their own homes.

-Gugu Mkhabela
“Well father…wow…I’m finally home where you wanted me and it feels good ‘cause this is where I’m supposed to be. God, I thank you for allowing me to go out into the world and experience what I’ve experienced…the alcohol, the drugs, the women…I’m not back for the so-called CHURCH PEOPLE, I’m here for YOUR people. I’m your messenger and will deliver this message without compromise.”

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