3:1 Review: Promise (Promise)
1. Blend: If you read the one-sentence album summaries – that this is a table project with ten Greater Vision songs (to the original Greater Vision soundtracks) – you might be expecting that their blend sounds like a young Chris Allman, Gerald Wolfe, and Mark Trammell. It doesn’t – though David Mann can sound remarkably like Mark Trammell when he’s so inclined. These delightfully tight harmonies can be more accurately compared to Paid in Full, Voices Won, or – dare I say – the Booth Brothers.
2. He is Mine: Baritone David Mann tackles Mark Trammell’s most recognizable solo from his three years on the Greater Vision bus. He does this Dianne Wilkinson-penned song justice. It is about time that this song be brought back, and he is clearly the one to do it.
3. Land of Living: This largely-forgotten Cathedrals gem, originally featuring Gerald Wolfe, is another that was overdue to be remade. Lead singer T.J. Evans turns in a strong enough rendition that it wouldn’t be surprising to see him keep staging this song even after the group has an ample supply of new material.
:1. One thing I would change: New Wine: Novelty songs, and songs that lean toward a novelty-song feel, are like jokes: They’re strongest the first time around. We’ve already heard this one from Greater Vision and the Gaither Vocal Band.
Bonus thing I would change: Song Order: The opening-track pairing of songs titled “Don’t Try to Tell Me” and “Tell Me the Story of Jesus” is incongruous!
Traditional or Progressive?
Song Selection Creativity Meter: 80%
In place of radio single picks and an album rating, table projects featured in a 3:1 review are measured by a different metric—what percent of the songs on the album are pulled from outside of the 200 Most Frequently Recorded Southern Gospel songs.
Group members: James Bell (tenor), T.J. Evans (lead), David Mann (baritone). • Produced by: Gerald Wolfe. • Review copy provided. • Song list: Don’t Try to Tell Me; Tell Me the Story of Jesus; New Wine; Land of Living; Whosoever Will; I’ve Got a Love; He is Mine; On a Journey; There is a River; Happy Tracks.