CD Review: Sounds Of Jericho – The Story Of His Grace

CD Review: Sounds Of Jericho – The Story Of His Grace

W138The Story Of His Grace is the debut release by Sounds Of Jericho, a quartet consisting of former LeFevre Quartet members Stacy Bragg and Steven Sigmon, former Peachland Quartet member Matt Tyler and soloist Ken Thomas.

Song list:
1. Deeper Journey
2. If The Lord Wasn’t Walking By My Side
3. Living Testimony
4. Resting Place
5. Wayfaring Stranger
6. Spread It Around
7. Jesus Never Changes
8. Standing In The Storm
9. I’d Rather Have Jesus
10. Leave The Light On
11. Ten Thousand Angels
12. Operator

Rating: 3 Stars

The production work on The Story Of His Grace is of a moderate quality. The singing is somewhat better, showing a great deal of promise on some cuts and room for improvement on others.

“If The Lord Wasn’t Walking By My Side” has been given a progressive twist, but they don’t quite sell it. “Spread It Around” has a few awkward vocal moments coupled with fake sounding brass instruments. They sound more comfortable on “Wayfaring Stranger.” The a cappella “Resting Place” reveals a few vocal blend issues, but it is basically a good effort. They resort to unison vocals on “Jesus Never Changes” in spots where the arrangement is begging to be nailed to the rafters.

My favorite cut is “Standing In The Storm.” This simple country tune is in a style I’d like to see Sounds Of Jericho explore further. Stacy Bragg takes the lead on the first verse of the hymn “I’d Rather Have Jesus.” Bragg is the strongest singer in the group but there were spots on this CD where his vocals were buried in the mix.

“Leave The Light On” is rather forgettable. It would be a great song in the hands of another group, but this particular vocal arrangement doesn’t suit the strengths of Sounds Of Jericho. “Ten Thousand Angels” is another new song that’s just begging for a big climax, but never quite gets there. The CD ends on an up note with a remake of “Operator” set to a fun swing beat with a choir singing background vocals.

Sounds Of Jericho is a new group, so it’s only natural that they try out a number of different styles to see what works. I wasn’t blown away by this CD, but it’s good enough to make me anticipate what they might sound like a year or two down the road when they’ve had time to gel.

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>

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