CD Review: Remembering Kenny Hinson (Mike Bowling)

RATING: 2 1/2 Stars

Label: Daywind Records

Song Titles: “Ain’t That What It’s All About,” “Call Me Gone,” “Just Let Me Fall,” “There’s Gonna Be Some Changes,” “The Lighthouse,” “Broken Worthless Vessel,” “Come On Back,” “He Pilots My Ship,” “Hallelujah Meetin’,” “Lord, You’re All I Need,” “Two Winning Hands,” “Camp Meeting Days,” “Sing One More Song About Heaven,” “Too Many Times,” “I’ll Never Be Over That Hill,” “That I Could Still Go Free,” “Soul Fillin’ Station,” and “Mercy Built A Bridge”

Disclaimer: This is very much a “first impression” review, so take that into consideration as you get mad at me.

Full Disclosure: I listened to the first ten tracks and couldn’t take it any more.

Some of Mike Bowling‘s fans may not care for this CD. Count me as one. Although I don’t consider myself a huge fan, I’ve found his previous solo releases to have good songs. I’ve always thought they were well made.

In contrast, what we have on this tribute to Kenny Hinson is a collection of eighteen songs that sound about one notch above karaoke night. Rather than simply singing the songs in his own proven voice, Bowling tries his best to mimic Hinson’s vocal mannerisms. Have you ever seen those caricature artists who over-emphasize prominent facial features to create a recognizable, yet funny resemblance? That’s what Bowling is doing here vocally. In fact, that would have been a better title for the CD…Resembling Kenny Hinson.

Let the record show that Bowling has just entered competion with Michael Combs and Jessy Dixon for the Most Annoying Male Vocalist award. Any CD with this much nasal ought to have a warning sticker and come with a snot rag.

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David Bruce Murray

<p>David Bruce Murray is a church music director in Ellenboro, NC. He is the author of Murray’s Encyclopedia Of Southern Gospel Music and the owner of both SGHistory.com and MusicScribe.com. David plays piano for Southern Sounds Quartet and the Foothills Community Choir.</p>