Walk in Love/Qué Alegría Qué Gozo with John De Freitas

I-TUNES: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/john-de-freitas/1326275581

With over two thousand years’ worth of songwriters to stack up against, to say it isn’t easy to make a fun, original Gospel album might just be the understatement of the millennium. But nevertheless, Aruban born composer John De Freitas has managed to deliver a uniquely melodic collection of songs that are fit for a world desperately in need of getting in touch with its Higher Power in his new album Walk in Love/Qué Alegría Qué Gozo. In seven sumptuously produced songs, De Freitas covers a significant amount of lyrical ground, but one theme remains the same from start to finish; there are only two paths you can choose in this life, love or hate. Love is the right choice.

John De Freitas might be a relatively new face to the Latin pop community, but he doesn’t have a hard time meshing in with his band in this record like a seasoned veteran of the stage and studio. His voice blends into the instrumentation like it belongs singing these melodies, but his presence doesn’t become subjective to the collective he’s embracing. De Freitas commands the group in songs like “Sirve” and the eponymous “Qué Alegría Qué Gozo,” and he is clearly at his most comfortable when he’s got the microphone firmly in his grasp.

There’s a little taste of everything in Walk in Love to satisfy fans of almost every musical taste. There’s balladry (“He Has Done it All For Us”), salsa fusion (“Fuiste a Mi Encuentro”) and even a little reggae (“Walk in Love”), and even though that might sound like a strange group of genres to find on a non-mixtape LP, you’ve really got to listen to their arrangement for yourself to be able to appreciate just how ingeniously well they fit in together. I was taken aback by how polished this record really is from beginning to end.

I think this record has remarkable crossover appeal to audiences that go well beyond the typical Christian market. There’s been a significant lull in output among Latin artists in the last decade, and this could be a nice addition to a 2010s catalogue that was leaving an awful lot to be desired. Overall I don’t even know how I would label John De Freitas if you really pressed me to assign him some sort of moniker. While he is indeed a gospel artist, to limit him to such a fragmented portion of pop music seems a little disrespectful considering his amazing talent.

If you’re looking for music this year that makes you feel good about being alive and a member of the human race, John De Freitas is just the man that you need to see. Walk in Love isn’t a fancy pop record will all the bells and whistles of a million dollar recording budget, but it does contain some of the kindest lyricism and elegant melodies you’re going to find on any album in any genre. I applaud De Freitas’ passion for his craft and I hope this isn’t the last chance I have to review his work.

CD BABY: https://store.cdbaby.com/artist/JohnDeFreitas

John De Freitas’ music has been heard all over the world due to the radio plugging services offered by Musik Radio Promotions. Learn more – https://musikandfilm.com/

Sebastian Cole