Deitrick Haddon - 7days

2007-07-02 12:29
Deitrick Haddon’s 11th studio album 7Days is unsurprisingly very impressive. One word could describe this particular album: Gospeldelic. His strong vocals shine on songs like “Heaven Knows”. The lyrical content is powerful: “…somebody is crying for help/heaven is listening/heaven is watching/heaven knows/ and they may not play this on the radio/ ‘cause the devil don’t want you to know…”

“Count your blessings” has been getting major airplay, especially on Metro FM’s Sunday show. The song is a good reminder of the blessings we all have to acknowledge from time to time. Also incorporated in this album are "love" songs that lean towards the R&B genre. “So good to be in love” leads the listener to actually do more than just tap fingers and bounce the head, you might want to get up! Most R&B lovers will be familiar with “Don’t Go” - Notorious B.I.G and Faith Evans did it (the song), then Ashanti came along with her version. Now Deitrick is showing what he can do with the song, but his version is for God.

While “Clap your hands”, featuring his wife Damita Haddon, may be reminiscent of R&B newcomer Bobby Valentino’s “Tell Me”, fans will appreciate the Deitrick Haddon signature. Haddon, a Youth Minister and Music Director of Unity Cathedral of Faith, in Detroit, Michigan, is very eclectic in his sound and music. His ability to merge Pop and Contemporary US Gospel with a bit of traditional African-American gospel along with R&B is outstanding. Haddon’s fusion of these genres makes his music more accessible. Haddon shows other aspects of his talent by having written all his songs and producing his own album. Though he could ease up on the “I’m so sexy, come and get me” look he's adopted in the album sleeve pics - is using sex appeal to sell Jesus alright?

Still, 7 Days is not only for the praising, it’s also for the dancing, for God of course.

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- Thobeka Linda
Deitrick Haddon is blessed with strong vocals and lyrical content.

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