CD Rated: Crabb Family (Letting Go)

Artist: Crabb Family
Title: Letting Go
5 Stars

Nutshell Analysis: For their final hurrah, the Crabb Family draws from their past and present influences. “Child Of The King” has a bit of that “Something’s Going On In The Graveyard” vibe while “Holy One” brings to mind the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir. There are no Gerald Crabb songs on this CD, but all the songs aside from “Brothers and Friends” were written by members of the group including band members and one spouse. “Holy Ghost Stomp” is a delightful seven minute instrumental romp by the band. A remix of “Redeemer” is included as a bonus track. Fast forward through several minutes of silence afterwards to hear a silly hidden track of the band goofing off in the studio. Some fans might argue that the bulk of this CD falls outside the scope of Southern Gospel in terms of musical style, and I would agree to a certain degree. Letting Go transcends stylistic barriers in a good way. Only a few soloists reach a point where their style is immediately recognizable no matter what song or style they perform. This is even more difficult to accomplish as a group. It’s for that reason more than any other that Letting Go earns a 5-Star rating.

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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 and David plays piano for Southern Sounds Quartet and the Foothills Community Choir.

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