CD Review: Ball Brothers – Dynamic

CD Review: Ball Brothers – Dynamic

ball-brothersProducer: Cody McVey
Label: Song Garden Music Group
Songs: Let Your Light Shine; Victory In Jesus; Mercy Tree; Gentle Shepherd; I Shall Know Him; Count Your Blessings; Least I Can Do; Happy Rhythm; Hey Mama; Jesus Cares For Me
Rating: 4 1/2 Stars

Dynamic features songs you’ve heard before along with a few that may be new to you. Only one song on the CD is actually new. The rest are remakes, though some aren’t from the traditional Southern Gospel market. On a side note, MusicScribe’s own Phillip Boles (Phil to us) gets credit on the new Ball Brothers CD for choosing their wardrobe.

The one new song is “Let Your Light Shine” which was co-written by Darren Rust, Andrew Ball, and Daniel Ball and features a classic Motown feel. Up next is a swinging big band version of “Victory In Jesus.” “Mercy Tree” has an epic cinematic quality. A timeless, understated orchestration provides the setting for “Gentle Shepherd.” “I Shall Know Him” is a cappella with some nice thick chords in true four-part harmony.

As you can tell from my description of the first five songs on Dynamic, the Ball Brothers don’t limit themselves to one musical style. At the same time, these styles are close enough that it doesn’t feel weird to jump from one song to the next. They maintain the same standard through the next five songs.

“Count Your Blessings” is a big band version of the 1995 Gold City song (not the traditional hymn). “Least I Can Do” is similar to Scott Krippayne’s original arrangement with the addition of full vocal harmonies, of course. Trumpets punctuate Mosie Lister’s classic “Happy Rhythm.” The accompaniment for “Hey Mama” is more or less the same as the original version by Hollyn. Dynamic concludes with a Ball Brothers take on Mercy Me’s “Jesus Cares For Me.”

I’d ordinarily be disappointed with a group that only records one new song on a 10-song collection, but a big part of my fascination with the Ball Brothers is wondering what classic song they’ll tackle next. When I first saw “Victory In Jesus” and “Happy Rhythm” on the list of songs, I looked forward to hearing what fresh twist they’d come up with for those familiar lyrics. They delivered. Cody McVey’s inventive tracks and the vocal harmonies of the Ball Brothers are impeccable on Dynamic. It’s too bad the quality of this group is lost on most Southern Gospel fans who are more drawn to gimmicks like how high or low someone can sing.

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Category CD Reviews, Reviews

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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  1. Michael Booth
    Reply October 02, 01:46 #1 Michael Booth

    These guys are for real! Always impressed by them.

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  2. Scott Bouldin
    Reply October 02, 15:25 #2 Scott Bouldin

    I agree with Michael and David! These young men are a well-kept secret in the industry, and it’s a shame! I always love their twists on classics from years past.




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  3. Darrell
    Reply October 04, 15:43 #3 Darrell

    “It’s too bad the quality of this group is lost on most Southern Gospel fans who are more drawn to gimmicks like how high or low someone can sing.” I would 100% agree with this statement. If you want to talk about HARMONY, these guys are it! :-) My father in law was at the quartet show in Memphis this year and heard the Ball Brothers. He was quite impressed with them and not many groups truly impress him.




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