New Music Reviews: March Releases

New Music Reviews: March Releases

There may not be a whole lot on Endless Highway’s Countless that will interest traditional Southern Gospel radio, but I could see a few of these songs gaining traction in the Inspirational Country market.

Kyle Boreing reviewed this 6-song EP a few weeks ago, so my comments will be brief. My thoughts are pretty much the same as Kyle’s except my rating is 3 1/2 Stars rather than 4 Stars. Countless is above average.

Label: Skyland Records
Producer:
Jeff Collins
Song Titles: Keep Lookin’ Up (Kenna West/Jason Cox) / Somebody’s World Changed Today (Kenna West/Don Poythress) / Countless (Kenna West / Jessica C, Waterman) / All That Remains To Be Seen (Kristi Fitzwater/Jeff Silvey) / 26 Cents (Stephen Wilkinson/William Wallace) / ‘Til They Came Home (George B. Hill, Thomas M. Dekle)
Rating: 3 1/2 Stars (scale of 1-5 Stars)
Release Date: March 20, 2020
Version Reviewed: CD


PromisedLand Quartet’s new album is titled There’s Always Hope. Several tracks are cover versions of songs previously recorded by other artists, but not always necessarily from the Southern Gospel market. “We Will Remember” originated in the worship market before it was covered by Triumphant, for example. Tenor singer Joey Wilson wears a lot of hats handling vocal production/arranging, engineering, mixing, mastering, graphic design, and duplication! Speaking of hats, my hat is off to Joey for taking on that many roles in seeing this CD completed.

PLQ’s new bass singer Jeremy Sandridge is an excellent addition to the group. His talents are displayed on the cover versions of “Tell It Like It Was” and “I Belong To Jesus.” Sandridge also has a few step-out lines on “Behold The Lamb.” Two more highlights from There’s Always Hope include “We Will Stand” which has a traditional 6/8 feel and “My Heart Will Be At Home” which has a classic sounding track that could have been recorded in the 1970s or 1980s. My only critical comment is that a couple of the slower orchestrated ballads don’t quite mesh with the vocal strengths of PromisedLand Quartet. That said, There’s Still Hope is a very good recording that most fans of four-part male harmony should enjoy.

Producer: Joey Wilson (vocals)/(The tracks were previously recorded at Chapel Valley Studios)
Song Titles: We Will Remember; Tell It Like It Was; There’s Always Hope; We Will Stand; My Heart Will Be At Home; I Wanna Live Like Jesus; I Belong To Jesus; I Won’t Apologize; Behold The Lamb; Great Is Your Reward; Are You Saved?; The Master Freed A Slave
Rating: 3 1/2 Stars (scale of 1-5 Stars)
Release Date: March 20, 2020
Version Reviewed: .wav files supplied by artist

Click HERE to listen to the entire album at YouTube Music.

Endless Highway
3.5 out of 5
PromisedLand Quartet
3.5 out of 5

3.5

Average
3.5 out of 5

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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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