CD Review: Three Bridges (Promises)

A Nutshell Review
RATING: 3 1/2 Stars

Label: Sonlite Records
Producer: Jeff Collins
Song Titles: “In The Valley There Is A Rock,” “I’m Going To Wait,” “I Believe,” “Have You Heard The News?,” “I Heard It First On The Radio,” “Yesterday,” “A Little Song Coming On,” “Stand,” “The Door,” and “Blessings All Around”

Promises has an interesting concept. Each song is preceded by a scripture reading…Charlie Daniels, Ricky Skaggs, Gloria Gaither, Donnie McClurkin, Duane Allen and others are accompanied by soft music as they read a promise from the Bible. Songs on Promises range from progressive Southern Gospel (“In The Valley There Is A Rock”) to Country (“A Little Song Coming On” and “The Door”) to Black Gospel (“I’m Going To Wait,” “Have You Heard The News?,” and “Yesterday”) to generic arrangements of pop ballads (“I Believe,” “I Heard It First On The Radio,” and “Stand”) to island music (“Blessings All Around”).

Promises includes several excellent songs including one that has already done great for Three Bridges on the radio airplay charts. Of the remaining tracks, two or three are of a more moderate quality, while a couple leave you scratching your head wondering why they chose to record such a song. This group has a great deal of potential if they can learn to discern what works best for them and what doesn’t. In my opinion, Three Bridges should stick with Black Gospel and progressive Southern Gospel, because they are at their best when singing those styles. Although having well known people read scripture is a great idea, the abrupt stylistic shifts after each song to the soft music accompanying the scripture readings tend to interupt the overall flow.


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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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