3:1: Let it Be Known (Booth Brothers)
1. What About Now: This song sounds like Michael Booth took a Paul Washer sermon to Jim Brady and asked him to turn it into a song. (It’s plausible .) It challenges the listener to rely on the saving grace of Christ—not on the words of the sinner’s prayer, by themselves. It calls believers to actively live for Christ, so that we have more than just our moment of conversion to site when asked what God is doing in our lives.
It’s sure to receive criticism, and likely to be one of those rare songs that some venues will specifically ask them not to sing. We all knew that Michael Booth was daring to the point of audacity, but cutting this song took more courage than any stunt or practical joke he’s ever pulled. Bravo!
2. See, What a Morning: This arrangement bursts with vibrant energy. Compare it with the original songwriters’ version to fully appreciate the sheer genius Lari Goss and the Booth Brothers infused into this rendition. The core band, Celtic pipes, and energetic orchestration change rhythm patterns at several different points throughout the song, making the arrangement so unique that it could singlehandedly earn the album its “schizophrenic” stylistic rating (below)! Yet it works so well that it leaves a listener familiar with earlier versions laughing aloud in sheer delight by the closing orchestral flourish. This would easily make a top five list of our genre’s all-time most successfully creative cover arrangements.
3. Acapella Outro: The opening track, “First John,” is performed acapella. After the closing song, the group revisits that opening melody for an acapella outro. It subtly leads the listener to feel that he has just completed a diverse but unified experience—not what would otherwise seem more like eleven wildly disparate individual moments.
:1. One thing I would change: Cover Songs. “He’s So Good to Me” and “Bread Upon the Water” have both been recorded by several artists over the years. Notably and recently, the Talley Trio cut the former in 2009 and the Gaither Vocal Band cut the latter in 2006, both on major-label projects. The new renditions, both a little more progressive, aren’t terrible—we’re talking about the Booth Brothers, after all—but neither brings enough to the table to make the album stronger than it would have been with two new songs in these slots.
Traditional or Progressive?
Schizophrenic—spans the spectrum from mellow to middle-of-the-road to quite progressive.
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See, What a Morning; Let it Be Known. Use the third slot to go back and single “God Did it All” from Declaration.
Average song rating: 4.1 stars. Overall rating: 4.5 stars.