Crouch’s ‘A Mighty Wind’ full of energy

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Andrae Crouch, “A Mighty Wind” (Verity)

Andrae Crouch’s songs became gospel classics so quickly that younger church-goers might be surprised to know that the man who wrote “My Tribute (To God be the Glory)” is still alive and writing today.

Well he is, and he’s celebrating his 40th anniversary with a new album, “A Mighty Wind,” a collection of new songs and reworkings of his past hits.

Crouch’s fiery voice is not prominent on this, his first album since 1997, but his signature is in the clarity of the production work, the contemporary arrangements and the collection of original worship songs.

Fred Hammond shows up on “O Give Thanks,” kicking the energy up a notch with his gospel grunts and moans. Another highlight is the pairing of Crystal Lewis’ voice with the theatrical drama of “We Give You Glory.” She commands Crouch’s original straight into the heavens.

The salsa-flavored “Jesus Is Lord” is a fresh update of the Crouch classic, with a tight brass section and Latin percussion.

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