CD Review: Blue Skies (The Perrys), part 2
Last September, the Perrys issued a pre-release version of their newest recording, Blue Skies. I posted a review here: /archives/8209
After I’d written the review, but the day before it was scheduled to load, baritone Troy Peach left the Perrys. He would be replaced by Bryan Walker. Walker returned to the studio with producer Wayne Haun to record new vocals on the two baritone solos, “He Loves to Save” and “End of the Aisle.” And, after a five-month delay, the CD is finally ready to arrive to retail, next Tuesday.
Walker’s vocals complement the other group members ably, and his two solos are on par with the originals. That’s especially notable since the songs weren’t selected or arranged for his voice. Since the baritone part tends to be the least noticeable in most vocal mixes, swapping out one baritone part for another makes little difference in the remainder of the songs.
The recording remains strong enough to retain its original five-star rating. It gives us enough taste of what this lineup can do vocally to raise anticipation for their next release, with songs selected for this lineup.