Upon first hearing More and More with the rising guitars, rhythm and applause that punctuate the first song “Dance,” there was cautious anticipation. This anthem rocks in every sense of the word and brings both energy and soul to a well-arranged and powerful project. BJ Putnam threads gospel and rock in both a familiar and unique way that extends the sonic palette and allows the listener to rejoice and participate. “Sing a New Song” does exactly that, and Israel Houghton’s production is recognizable and synergizes with BJ and his style to bring the entire album to life. “Beautiful Love” (featuring Henry Seeley) is both passionate and reverent lighting the CD with emotion and harmony. The arrangement of “Ask” with Jonathan Stockstill is also a noteworthy collaboration that is timely and timeless in the same breath. It would be impossible not to also note the track “More and More.” The acoustic guitar and piano along with BJ’s engaging tenor vocal is a complement to a well-timed ballad that is thoughtful and relevant
More and More is an outstanding album that conveys purpose and power with the perfect balance between praise and worship in the artistic vein of Israel Houghton and Freddy Rodriquez. This project has “nothing missing and nothing lacking.” The recharged Kingston remix of “Dance” at the end of the CD is not for the faint of heart—youthful, club-ready, and aimed to convert.
More: Thoughtful collaborations with Henry Seeley and Jonathan Stockstill. The two ballads connect and add additional depth and flavorful variety to an already amazing project.
Less: Live applause during the intros. These tunes stand on their own merit.