"I need my people to hear this," begins "The Promised Land: Chapter II: Enter This House," the first of three tracks built around punchy drums and evangelical chat. It's a good track with lots going for it, but the interplay between the chords and organs fails to create the magic spark of, say, "The Fatal Flaw In Disco (U-4-Ria)." Of "The Promised Land"'s three versions, "Chapter IV: 40 Years" is the strongest. The mood is pensive at first, but Seven's Burrell Brothers-style keyboards add a gorgeous shimmer.
The other two tracks are more understated, a mode in which The Promised Land falters. Only small details, like "The Promised Land: Chapter VII: Salvation"'s offbeat horns and "Helping Hand"'s vocal and kazoo combination, manage to stand out. But when its energy matches Seven's devotion to '90s house, The Promised Land is more likely to sway you.