CD Review: Perrys (Come Thirsty)

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RATING: 4 Stars

Label: Daywind
Producer: Wayne Haun
Website: www.perrysministries.com

Song Titles: “Until The Last One Is Home,” “Still Thrilled,” “A Day That Never Ends,” “He Will Hide Me,” “Walk Away Free,” “When Jesus Prays,” “Come Thirsty,” “They Sang A Hymn,” “Why Trouble The Master,” “He Forgot,” and “Mary For A While”

The Perrys are back with another Daywind release. Come Thirsty begins with a bass feature titled “Until The Last One Is Home.” The intensity could have built a bit more before the end, but overall, it’s a decent opening track. Kyla Rowland‘s “Still Thrilled” is next with two steel guitar punctuated chords on the intro that evoke a Happy Goodmans feel. Libbi Perry Stuffle does an excellent job selling the lyric on this track. “A Day That Never Ends” is a straight ahead, upbeat quartet number. The first slow ballad on Come Thirsty is “He Will Hide Me,” an orchestrated track featuring Loren Harris that includes a quote from the hymn “He Hideth My Soul” at the climax. This selection has concert showstopper written all over it.

“Walk Away Free” has a good arrangement featuring Libbi, who turns in another excellent performance. However, the lyrics aren’t as memorable as some of the other songs on the CD. “When Jesus Prays” is another slow selection, this time with piano heavy in the accompaniment at the beginning, stopping just one note shy of showcasing two octaves of baritone Joseph Habedank‘s range. The title track is a mid-tempo number that blends steel guitar with piano fills and features bass singer Tracy Stuffle. Like “Walk Away Free,” the arrangement and vocal delivery are fine on “Come Thirsty,” but the lyrics are somewhat generic. “They Sang A Hymn” is my favorite track on the CD. It includes a memorable hook, accompaniment emphasized by fancy fills from a variety of instruments, an unpredictable rhythm in the vein of “I Wish I Could Have Been There,” and a great vocal performance. Well done, all the way around.

“Why Trouble The Master” is another nice ballad, although it contains an awkward chord progression going into the key change. An exciting original song titled “He Forgot” written by Habedank and pianist Matthew Holt is up next. The melody on the verses sounds similar to “Since Jesus Touched Me” (Gold City). Come Thirsty concludes with “Mary For A While,” featuring Libbi and an excellent story lyric.

“I know I could be Martha all day;
Let my chance to be with you slip away.
I want to be Mary for a while.
In all that I do,
Close the door to everything that keeps my heart from you.
Lord, I want to rest here and feel heaven smile.
I want to be Mary for a while.”
(written by Sue C. Smith and Barbara Huffman)

If you compare Come Thirsty to previous Perrys releases such as This Is The Day and Life Of Love, you can hear the impact recording and touring the songs from Remembering The Happy Goodmans has had on the group’s vocal style. This has been a positive thing. The group now sings with a greater sense of confidence and…dare I say…emotion, while avoiding the snares that such singing usually sets. They’ve learned to bend notes together while developing a “hard singing” style at every vocal position. Fortunately, they stop short of sounding like they’re screaming or out of control, so you get the best of both worlds. In this respect, Come Thirsty falls somewhere between a CD you might play out of sheer admiration for production quality/creativity/vocal talent and one that thrives on stirring up your emotions with little regard for musical quality.

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David Bruce Murray

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.

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  1. Daniel J. Mount
    Reply June 06, 17:01 #1 Daniel J. Mount

    You know, it’s a good thing “I want to be Mary for a While” featured Libbi. I don’t think any of the other members could have pulled it off as well. :)

  2. Tracy Crouch
    Reply June 10, 02:35 #2 Tracy Crouch

    I’m honestly surprised DBM that you didn’t comment on the fact that its amazingly difficult if not impossible to understand what Tracy is saying on Track 1 with his bass leads. Very muddy. Overall I was slightly underwhelmed. IMO

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