CD Review: Barry Rowland & Deliverance – It Is Time
Producer: Danny Crawford
Label: Horizon Records
Songs: Delivered Again; He Can’t Follow Me Home; Hold Your Ground; The Ark; God Will Take Care Of It All; It Is Time; Redemption Draweth Nigh; How Long; Help Me Make It; There Rose A Lamb
Rating: 3 1/2 Stars
Barry Rowland & Deliverance is a trio consisting of Barry & Tammy Rowland plus Matthew Burgess. Rowland’s mother Kyla Rowland seven of the songs on It Is Time. The collection is completed with a cover of Gordon Jensen’s classic “Redemption Draweth Nigh,” Johnny Minick’s “How Long,” and Vonda Easley’s “Help Me Make It.”
It Is Time kicks off with “Delivered Again,” a song recorded by Triumphant Quartet ten years ago. This version trades Triumphant’s easy-listening intro for more basic launching measures and doesn’t have the orchestration. The two versions are very similar otherwise. “He Can’t Follow Me Home” slips into a milder bluegrass setting and features Tammy. This song was recorded by the Perrys in the early 1990s. “Hold Your Ground” has not been recorded by the Perrys, but sounds like one they should record. It is a more dramatic affair than most of the cuts on this CD.
“The Ark” is the one and only up-tempo song on It Is Time. I like the way the ends of the first and third lines of each verse and the third line of the chorus is echoed. The song ends somewhat abruptly, though, as if it’s going to repeat the chorus again. “God Will Take Care Of It All” is a soothing song of comfort; nothing fancy, but effective. The title track is the sixth song on It Is Time, and by now it is evident that most of the selections on this recording are probably going to be slow.
Surprisingly, “Redemption Draweth Nigh” has a bit of a lilt to it. It’s far from fast, but not the ponderous anthem I expected. “How Long” is a mid-tempo track in 6/8 meter. David Johnson’s fiddle and resonator guitar fills make this arrangement stand out. “Help Me Make It” slows the tempo way down again. It Is Time concludes with a cover of Gold City’s classic hit “There Rose A Lamb.”
I criticized the 2016 release, The Light, by Barry Rowland & Deliverance for not including any up-tempo songs. 2017’s It Is Time similarly offers a collection of well-written, well-recorded, well-arranged, and well-sung songs, but it’s like getting stuck in a line of traffic behind your Grandpa who only tops 35 mph if he’s going down a long hill. At least they included “The Ark” this time around. Perhaps by 2018, they’ll work their way up to two fast songs per CD. If they do, it will surely be reflected in my rating. For It Is Time, I’m sticking with 3 1/2 Stars.
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.