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The System Didn't Prepare for This
Posted September 17, 2014
By DwayneLacy_NRT, Staff Reviewer

The definition of anomaly: "Something that deviates from what is standard, normal, or expected." This is something that should describe Christians. We are the ones called to step beyond societal norms. This is a word that absolutely describes Christian crossover rapper Lecrae, who fittingly titled his new album to reflect this concept.

"Fear" has Lecrae delivering an honest look at some of his apprehensions concerning whether his life is pleasing to God. He explores fear of failing in front of his critics and some of the thoughts in his head that could cause people to look at him differently.

The beat on "Welcome to America" is pulsating, and the echoing chants in the background provide the punch to send this one over the edge. The music takes a backseat to the lyrical look at stories of those in America who have faced horrible experiences, from ignored military vets to desperate immigrants.

With the upbeat "Runners," Lecrae warns men not to "creep" on their wives, and warns of the consequences if they do. The dialogue in this song is quite humorous and enjoyable. Lecrae also pays homage to his wife (or God depending on your interpretation) on the R&B laced "All I Need Is You." It's starting to gain more airplay on the radio waves and hopefully it will build more momentum. 

It is not always easy to be candid and transparent when you have a following. Thankfully, Lecrae does this throughout Anomaly, reminding us why he relies on God. He gives a sobering look at the fact that Christians are broken people who must rely on a God that has it all together. This is done in the form of "Broken," which has a slight alternative edge highlighted by the vocals of Kari Jobe. Jobe, who usually sings in her soprano voice, gives us a hint of contralto on this one.

In another fantastic collaboration, Lecrae enlists the help of the talented for KING & COUNTRY as he calls on the "Messengers" of the Gospel to rise up and share Christ with the world. You can never go wrong with the Smallbone brothers, and this track is no exception.

Closing Thoughts:
This is a complete album with great delivery and a great message. This project is one of Lecrae's best, and the world is taking notice. He obviously does not want to fit into the norms of society, nor does he want to be boxed in. He, along with so many of us, is truly an Anomaly. I'm grateful that he continues to bring the "heat" and grow as an artist.

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