Music Review by Becky Holland
Unfinished by Mandisa
Release Date: March 10, 2017
Label: Captiol CMG Label (Sparrow Records)
Original Release Date: March 10, 2017
Rating: 5 stars
The first single from the soon-to-be released album called ‘ Out of the Dark’ by Christian award winning artist and former contestant on American Idol Mandisa – “Unfinished” is making a big splash since it is release on Friday, March 10.
With an upbeat balance of guitars, keyboards and percussion enveloping a lyrical testimony of realism, honesty, openness and life, ‘Unfinished’ is a song that most of us – especially those of us who are Christians – could relate too.
Mandisa has in her vocal range a mosaic style of singing – from mixing urban/gospel with classical and pop – that continues to be appealing to listeners. Her voice offers a humble, self-effacing perspective in each stanza.
‘Unfinished’ offers a message of determination and freedom from the trash that we allow ourselves to hear, speak and believe about ourselves in the materialistic society we live in today.
Mandisa, currently on the road with Toby Mac and his tour, wrote about the song on its release, “I’ve been thinking about the importance of the message in my latest song. I beat myself up … a lot. I would never talk to anyone the way I speak to myself sometimes. Ask me what my best qualities are and it would take me a long time to compile a list. But ask me what I don’t like about myself and buckle up, because I can rattle off that list in 3.5 seconds flat.”
She added, “I know I’m not alone in that harmful habit. I believe it is time for the children of God to stop wallowing in shame and regret, and start living lives of freedom, power, and authority. We do that by taking those destructive thoughts captive, and making them obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5).”
In ‘Unfinished’ – we are reminded that no matter what happens, how discouraged we may feel, that we need to remember God is working on us, and He promises us good things. (Jeremiah 29:11).
‘Unfinished’ … May that be our battle cry of when the uglies of life pile upon us.
Well done, Mandisa.
(I received nothing to write this review. Just a long time fan who believes in the message of the song.)