CD Review: Down East Boys – Ransomed

CD Review: Down East Boys – Ransomed

DownEastBoysRansomedBigCovProducer: Jeff Collins
Label: Sonlite Records
Retail Release Date: March 18, 2016
Song Titles: A Reason To Sing; Somebody Left The Door Wide Open; I Still Remember; The Song Of The Ransomed; That’s What You Get For Loving Him; A Thieve’s Paradise; One Way, One Name, One Door; That Wonderful Land; The Cross Speaks Louder; Now A Witness Am I; Pray
Rating: 4 Stars

Several CDs I have reviewed since January 1 have received ratings of 4 Stars or better. The Down East Boys add another 4 Star product to the mix with Ransomed. 2016 is shaping up to be a great year for fans of great music.

Southern Gospel has traditionally been a happy, upbeat style of music, and that tradition is well-represented here. Ransomed tears through “A Reason To Sing,” “Somebody Left The Door Wide Open,” and “I Still Remember” before slowing the tempo for “The Song Of The Ransomed.” I like the musical imagery sprinkled in “The Song Of The Ransomed” referring to an “echo,” a “crescendo,” a “hymn” and an “anthem.”

“A Thieve’s Paradise” and “The Cross Speaks Louder” are the only other tracks that fall into the slow category. The mid-tempo “That Wonderful Land” and “Pray” provide balance between the quicker and slower tracks. It’s a good balance of song selection.

Vocally, the Down East Boys have emphasized their strengths. There are several solos and step-out lines throughout the CD, but several songs feature four-part harmony on at least one verse in addition to the choruses. Producer Jeff Collins’ arrangements, both in terms of music and vocals, are as solid as ever.

There may be a hit song or two in here, or maybe not. Several of these songs could help a radio station amp up their sound. Whether it sees success at radio or not, Ransomed stands up nicely as a collection.

Overall Rating
4 out of 5

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4 out of 5
Category CD Reviews, Reviews

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. JE Butler
    Reply March 11, 19:52 #1 JE Butler

    The MOST underrated group in all of SG!!




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  2. SG
    Reply March 18, 10:07 #2 SG

    Really enjoying this new project from the down east boys. They always have a solid quartet, good songs, and presentation. I never made this connection until this new cd but the tenor has shades of Jodi Hosterman in his voice.




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