Corey Paul Today, Tomorrow, Forever Album Review
My rating: 3.5/5
At its core, Corey Paul’s latest is an album centered around a single question. If you had to live your tomorrow for the rest of your life, what would it look like? This album dives into the question with ten tracks asking and answering from different angles. While Today, Tomorrow, Forever has its merits, unfortunately, there are a few key details worth addressing.
Corey’s rap style shines brightest in “Momma We Made It,” the album’s most celebratory track. With bold, unstoppable energy and a dance-worthy beat, Corey celebrates that even when things go wrong and we make mistakes, God is still there and we can still praise Him for what He’s doing. In this song, Corey shares his testimony and moments from his past, showing that God was still there the whole time, working in his life.
“Die At The Top” starts with brass and horns, only to descend into a combination of fast verses and an oscillating beat. At first, the lyrics describe Jesus’ trial and suffering ahead of His crucifixion, before transitioning focus to how Christians suffer today. The song highlights how Christians are guaranteed to struggle in this world. “I’ll probably die at the top of this hill,” Corey raps, referencing Calvary, “but so did Jesus. No clever punch line needed.” In our war against the lusts of our flesh and the desires of this world, we are guaranteed pain, but we also know that Jesus Christ endured the same and promises us eternal relief.
“Today, Tomorrow, Forever” captures the theme of the album in its entirety. The song starts off slowly, with low background vocals drums, and piano keys for introduction. As Corey raps, he focuses on the importance of the choices we make today, and how they affect everyone around us. “The clock is ticking, the time is right now” Corey raps, giving example after example of how a simple yet careless choice can cause someone to stumble and fall.
While quite a few of this album’s tracks are well done, there are a few issues that need to be considered. Too many of the verses are rapped very quickly, eventually leading to a loss of enunciation and clarity. Often, it is hard to make out what is being said, and understanding the words requires repeated listening of the same song. While key elements of rap are speed and linguistic agility, too much of either makes for an unclear track. While Corey Paul definitely has an energy and passion in his work, these critiques require a little more attention. Overall, Today Tomorrow Forever is a mixed bag of well executed hits and close misses. Regardless, the album has its highlights and merits. Corey Paul is off to a good start, but with a little more work, this good start could kick off into a solid legacy in Christian rap.
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