Unlike some contemporary gospel artists who substitute pronouns like "you" and 'him" for "God" and "Jesus" in order to fool nonbelievers into thinking they're singing about romance instead of religion, Erica and Tina Campbell don't conceal the object of their adoration. It helps, of course, that the sisters, known professionally as Mary Mary, use hard-pumping hip-hop-derived beats to draw audiences, both Christian and secular, to their saved-and-sanctified messages, most of them penned by the two in collaboration with Erica's husband, producer Warryn Campbell.
Released to coincide with the Southern California duo's new reality television series, Mary Mary, which airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on WE tv, Go Get It is essentially a greatest hits package. Eleven of the thirteen tracks are remastered — and, in some cases, remixed — favorites from the sisters' previous albums, including "Shackles (Praise You)," the rhythm-charged tune that introduced many to their innovative sound a dozen years back. Also from their debut album is the impassioned "Can't Give Up Now," which is about the closest the duo has come to old-school gospel. Guests include Destiny's Child, Kirk Franklin, and Kierra "Kiki" Sheard, and Oakland guitarist John "Jubu" Smith's hypnotic chords are at the forefront of "Little Girl," a 2002 number he helped compose. The disc's two new selections — the bouncy title track and a tambourine-driven shuffle titled "Sunday Morning" — are welcome additions to Mary Mary's legacy of spirit-filled musical excellence. (Columbia)
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