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Artist: Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
Album Title: Keeping On
Label: StowTown Records
Song Titles: Morning Song (Thank You Lord); Good To Be Home; Keep On Keeping On; I Know My Savior Cares; Terminal In The Sky; Make Us One; Overcome; Not That Far Behind You; Ready; The Ground Is Level; What He Says To Do; Good Friend; When We Fly Away Home; Wake Up
Release Date: July 23, 2021
Version Rated: YouTube Music
Rating: 4 1/2 Stars (scale of 1-5 Stars)
Since Dustin Doyle’s installment as lead singer in 2015, Keeping On is the fifth full-length album by Ernie Haase & Signature Sound (not counting previous albums that were retrofitted with Doyle’s vocals).
This album is all over the map, but in a good way. The Disney-esque orchestration that opens “Morning Song (Thank You Lord)” extends to a full minute before the vocals enter. “Good To Be Home” has a carefree attitude that reminded me of Michael W. Smith’s “For You” (1991). “Keep On Keeping On” is a methodical, but effective song of encouragement.
This group has never shied away from including whimsical elements in their music. The opening minute-plus instrumental introduction for “Terminal In The Sky” could be a Saturday morning cartoon soundtrack. There’s a shift in tone before the vocals are added. “Make Us One” continues the mood with zany Dixieland brass flourishes, a complex percussion bed, and a sizzling piano solo midway through.
Hopefully, the fun elements of “Terminal In The Sky” and “Make Us One” won’t distract from the more serious “Overcome” that follows. This is a strong solo for Devin McGlamery and an excellent lyric. “Not That Far Behind You” is a feature for Ernie Haase with a lighter feel. “Ready” ramps up the energy again. The cover of Beverly Lowry’s classic “The Ground Is Level” featuring bass singer Paul Harkey is one of this album’s highlights.
There are four more songs completing the album for a total of 14 tracks. My rating for Keeping On is 4 1/2 Stars.