Timothy Brindle “The Restoration” – Triumphant Comeback Story or Just Another Album?
Disclaimer: All views presented in this Album Review are those of the album reviewer and not of DJ Wade-O.
Everyone loves a good comeback story. We love the point in the movie when the underdog rallies to beat the heavy favorite. We cheer for the athlete that returns from a serious career threatening injury to lead his team to a victory. These are the things that as a society we route for. When you add redemption, it makes the comeback even more special.
When I heard Timothy Brindle was coming back after 5 long years, I could barely maintain my excitement. It wasn’t just the music I was excited for though. I was excited for what this album represented.
This album was similar to The Ambassador’s “Stop the Funeral” and Da T.R.U.T.H.’s “The Whole Truth”, in the sense that it was a comeback story fueled by redemption. I want to see people fight back. That’s what this record represented, the fight that we all have in us. God is bigger than our struggles, and “The Restoration” is the soundtrack for that motto.
Two Things I liked
The first thing that crosses my mind when I hear the name Timothy Brindle, or anyone from the Lampmode camp for that matter, is lyricism. Tim held true to his reputation with “The Restoration”. This album was a lyrical masterpiece.
His wordplay was top notch throughout the entire record. The song “The All-Sufficiency of Christ” featuring label mate Tony of Hazakim left a considerable impression on me because of this:
“Our help is not in twelve steps or in books on the shelf that sells best
Like health and wealth mess that compels self’s flesh
Cause with self-help guess what, your helpless”
It wasn’t just his wordplay that stood out; storytelling, imagery, double meanings and even the occasional punch line were all present. “The Restoration” is a lyrical fans dream.
I also loved the content. The term “lyrical theology” was coined and made popular by the Lampmode camp, so I was expecting that coming in. With the whole “Christian Rapper, Not a Christian Rapper” debate; there have been times when I as a fan, I didn’t know what to expect on an album. It was nice to know what you’re getting from an artist and actually getting it.
Tim also opened up a lot on this record. He gave insights into his personal life and some of the reasons he was absent. He cleverly shared information without giving “too much” information, which is usually a difficult thing to do. This made the redemption story complete.
One Thing that was Missing
While the lyricism and content on the “The Restoration” was great, the project overall was above-average, The, The album is missing that one thing that would push it from good to great. While I did enjoy the album., it lacked strong replay value.
Every great album has a “memorable” track. “Rebel” had “DWYL”, “Christology” had “A Girl Named World”. “The Restoration” doesn’t have that one song that always comes to mind when you think of the record. In a year that has left us with several great albums, without a memorable track this album is in danger of being forgotten.
Who this is intended for
This record is not for the casual CHH fan. This level of lyricism won’t be fully respected by the casual fan. “The Restoration” is geared more toward the hip-hop head, the person that loves to hear words manipulated and put together beautifully like Tim did on this record.
The production, though solid, isn’t catered for the casual listener either. It’s not the type of production that will get you up and dancing, or the type that you bang loud in your car with the windows down. It was cleverly catered for Tim. It accentuates the lyrics. Your head will nod, but it’s because the production is the bow on the present that is Timothy Brindles’ talent.
Hip-hop head or casual listener, there is something to be respected in what Timothy Brindle did with “The Restoration”. He was able to mix talent, passion and transparency all in one record. Coming back to CHH after being absent for 5 years with personal turmoil, he allowed God to create a wonderful comeback story in his life. Just like most people, I love a good comeback story and I am excited to hear Timothy Brindles’. As a fan of CHH, I am pleased to say welcome back Timothy Brindle. The game missed you.