Almost Home – Taylors

GRADE:  B

  • Album – Almost Home
  • Artist – Taylors
  • Label – Custom
  • Style – Traditional
  • Release Date – 09/11/12
  • Available For Digital Download? – Yes

SYNOPSIS:

In the short time they’ve been in Southern Gospel music, the Taylors have already built a reputation of presenting classic Southern Gospel mixed quartet sounds.  The group’s future is bright and they have the potential to be one of the top mixed groups in Southern Gospel music.

If you are being introduced to the music of the Taylors, the group is composed of siblings Jonathan Taylor (lead), Suzanne Taylor (alto), Christopher Taylor (bass) and newest member Lindsey Graham (soprano).

Almost Home has been available since the 2012 National Quartet Convention.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Almost Home pays homage to classic Southern Gospel mixed quartet music.  The Taylors cover three Downings classics on this new recording.  “Getting Ready Today”, “Oh I Want To See Him” and “One More Time” would make the Downings proud in the way all three songs were arranged and recorded.
  • It is no surprise with Jeff Stice being producer of this new effort, that he would bring a classic Perfect Heart tune to the mix.  The Taylors turn in a strong performance of “In My Wildest Dreams”, a song originally recorded by Perfect Heart on the 1991 recording Looking For The Wounded.
  • One of the strongest songs on the album is “Paid In Full”.  Featuring Jonathan, this song is the strongest radio single choice from Almost Home.
  • Newest group member Lindsey Graham has a commanding soprano voice that compliments the Taylors sound.  She shines on the Downings classic “Getting Ready Today”.
  • Strongest songs included in order:  “In My Wildest Dreams”, “Paid In Full”, “Getting Ready Today”, “Oh I Want To See Him”, “If The Lord Wasn’t Walking By My Side” and “One More Time”.
DISLIKES:
  • Almost Home is nearly filled with all cover songs.  When that is the case, it is a given that the covered versions will be compared to some previous version of the song.  The weakest cover on the album is the Taylors cover of F.M. Lehman’s “The Love Of God”.  This song has been over recorded by Southern Gospel artists recently.
  • The Taylors also made a bold choice and attempted to cover Sisters/Ruppes power house ballad “I’m Gonna Make It Through”.  When you have a definitive version from a group like Sisters, I don’t think any cover would come close to the original.
  • Weakest songs included in order:  “The Love Of God”, “If Jesus Is There” and “I’ll Keep Working, Watching, Waiting”.

WRAP UP:

Male quartets keeping the classic Southern Gospel tradition alive is in great abundance.  The rarity is when a new mixed quartet comes along to keep that classic mixed Southern Gospel quartet tradition alive.  The Taylors are that group.  It is hard to believe the group released their debut recording just four short years ago.  Their sound and recording prowess has only matured since that first effort.  Almost Home is another step in building a solid Southern Gospel recording career.

SONG/Featured Vocalist – SONGWRITER:  1. “The Love Of God”/Ensemble – F.M Lehman  2. “Getting Ready Today”/Ensemble – Joe Hatfield  3. “In My Wildest Dreams”/Ensemble, Jonathan, Suzanne – Gilbert Magee  4. “If Jesus Is There”/Ensemble – Vep Ellis  5. “Paid In Full”/Jonathan  6. “If The Lord Wasn’t Walking By Me Side”/Christopher – Henry Slaughter  7. “I’ll Keep Working, Watching, Waiting”/Lindsey  8. “I Stand In Awe”/Jonathan  9. “Oh I Want To See Him”/Ensemble – Howard McCrary  10. “One More Time”/Ensemble – Elmo Mercer  11. “I’m Gonna Make It Through”/Lindsey – Geron Davis

Tags Taylors
Category CD Reviews

Steve Eaton

(1) Southern Gospel collector (30+ years) (2) Author/Editor of sghistory.com

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  1. Karen Thomas
    Reply October 12, 13:32 #1 Karen Thomas

    I personally love that the Taylors are bringing back some of the songs from the 70’s – that was when gospel music was at its best…cover songs or not, this is my favorite project from the Taylors so far…Also, a group has to pick songs that go over well in concert…”the love of God” and “I’m gonna make it” aren’t radio songs, I’ll give you that…they are ministry songs and they go well in concert…I heard them sing both at a concert in IL last month, and the crowd loved all their new stuff.

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