Reviewed by Dale Lewis
A Dream to Believe In
Nicole C. Mullen
"...a creative collage of stylish influences that will please music fans on repeated listens."
Nicole C. Mullen has become one of the most loved and respected
singer/songwriters in the Christian music industry. Her newest album is about
life and love, subjects she has some experience in singing about.
The title track “There Is Still A Dream,” is a passionate call for unity as Christ-followers conveying hope to a struggling, hopeless world. In her credits, she acknowledges the dream as, “Jesus, The Christ-the fulfillment of all dreams, I worship you!” however, in hearing the lyrics I wasn’t too sure of what dream she was sharing.
The hip-hop sassy sounds she is famous for are sprinkled throughout A Dream to Believe In, especially in the cutting edge funky rap “Brainwash.” One of my favorites is her upbeat worship offering in “Forever You Reign.” My only disappointment lyrically was the final track “Work with Me (Dance),” with its endless repetitive words and “rah-rah” mindset.
This highly energetic adventure carries a warm, joyous and inviting feel that unites through its incorporation of pop, R&B, hip-hop, and gospel. It is Mullen's lyrical dedication to racial reconciliation that complements the melting-pot strategy.
“Feel Like I'm In Love,” is her soul-stirring plea for daily affirmation of committed married love. In fact, producer (and husband) David Mullen uses horns throughout the album, giving homage to '60s soul music.
Take a listen. You’ll enjoy. A Dream To Believe In is a creative collage of stylish influences that will please music fans on repeated listens.Dale Lewis now mans the front desk at the EFCA (The Evangelical Free Church of America) National Office in Minneapolis, MN. He was the graphic designer/pre-press production artist for over twelve years before being asked to step into this new role. Prior to that, he was the publications manager at his alma mater, Northwestern College in St. Paul, MN in the public relations office as well as the adviser to the college’s yearbook. He's a director/actor/writer for the Hope Church (Oakdale, MN) adult drama worship team and was the senior editor of the church newsletter. He's also written two collections of poetry, “Whispers of Assurance” and “On Life: Constant Communion Without Ceasing” as well as a devotional entitled “Eternal Education.” He and his family live in Oakdale, Minnesota.