CD Review: “Something Good” – Kingdom Heirs
Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)
Song Titles: I Just Feel Like Something Good Is About To Happen, I Know Who Holds Tomorrow, Damascus Road, Master Of The Sea, I Want To Walk With My Lord, Calvary Answers For Me, I’m Telling The World About His Love, How Long Has It Been, Never Made A Promise, Better Hurry Up.
Something Good provides one of our first extended looks at the new Kingdom Heirs lineup, featuring the addition of baritone/lead Loren Harris.
Southern Gospel fans remember and love Harris for singing lead for The Perrys during their turn-of-the-century run that landed them in the genre’s top echelon. So it’s fitting that this project includes two Perrys songs featuring him, “Damascus Road” and “Calvary Answers For Me.” The songs work splendidly with Kingdom Heirs harmonies and are this release’s two strongest tracks.
Incidentally, both songs are wise selections. “Damascus Road” has always been overshadowed by another barn-burner that came out on the same album (This Is The Day, 2003)—”I Wish I Could Have Been There.” Meanwhile, “Calvary Answers For Me” would have been more of a concert mainstay had it not come out one album after The Perrys released their signature anthem, “I Rest My Case At The Cross.”
The Perrys still stage “I Wish I Could Have Been There” and “I Rest My Case at the Cross.” So the Kingdom Heirs’ decision to record “Damascus Road” and “Calvary Answers For Me” instead is both a nice gesture of respect to The Perrys and a fresh chance for two songs that might not have gotten quite the attention they deserved.
Harris also offers a fresh vocal rendition of “Never Made a Promise,” a song off the Kingdom Heirs’ most recent mainline release. Lead singer Arthur Rice shines on a classic Kingsmen song, “Master Of The Sea.” On “I Want To Walk With My Lord,” a 1991 Gold City song, bass Jeff Chapman turns in a rendition that should make his mentor Tim Riley proud. Tenor Jerry Martin’s strongest performance is actually in a harmony role, nailing the power harmonies on “Calvary Answers For Me.”
Table projects tend to feature familiar arrangements of familiar songs. But the song selection is notably more creative than the average table project. The unique selections include “Master Of The Sea,” “I Want To Walk With My Lord,” and the two Perrys songs. Of course, as would be expected for any table project, there are also a few oft-recorded selections that casual fans will know (“How Long Has it Been” and the opening two tracks).
The instrumental arrangements stick fairly close to previously recorded versions. “Better Hurry Up” closely follows the 2009 Jubilee Tour version. “How Long Has It Been” sounds so close to the Homeland Quartet version that it may actually be using the Homeland/Mansion EZ Key track. There are also several songs using tracks from the Crossroads Performance Track line. And this does lead to the project’s only real weakness: Some of the tracks sound fresh and current, while others sound a little more dated (especially when it comes to drum reverb). But this is just a minor quibble, and, after all, normal and expected for most table projects.
Few table projects deserve a “must buy” rating. Thanks to song selection and vocal performance, Something Good does.
Daniel J. Mount
Daniel J. Mount is a Christian author and songwriter. He lives in Black Mountain, NC.