3:1 CD Review: Everlasting Truth (Michael Booth)

3:1 Reviews offer three highlights of an album and one area that could have been improved.

1. “Sweet Will of God”: This forgotten gem is the standout track. The song’s author, Leila Naylor Morris, wrote over 1,000 hymns. She lived from 1862-1929 in Ohio and, at the end of her life, New York, and was active in Methodist camp-meetings. Her most remembered hymn, at least in Southern Gospel circles, is “The Stranger of Galilee.” Naturally, some of those other 999 deserve to be remembered, and this was certainly one of them.

2. “Near to the Heart of God”: Though more familiar than “Sweet Will of God,” this one is another that’s far from overdone. It’s a great fit for Booth’s voice.

3. Arrangements: This album is easy-listening at its best. It’s perfect for playing at the end of a stressful day. Don’t necessarily couple the next statement with the previous one, as there is not necessarily an intended correlation, but I’ve already played this one more than the group’s latest mainline, Let it Be Known. Yes, Let it Be Known has the new songs, and the creativity, but Everlasting Truth hits that sweet spot that so few current mainline or table projects hit.

4 (bonus): The title: Perfect title for a hymns project—or, at least, one recorded by Michael Booth!

:1. One thing I would change: Song Selection: But then, I’m not the average buyer. A hymns album this good, with ten forgotten gems of the caliber of “Sweet Will of God,” would easily get a five-star rating here. But it would probably sell half as many copies as one that included “There is a Fountain” and “Are You Washed in the Blood.”

Traditional or Progressive

Traditional.

Song Selection Creativity Meter: 60%

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.

Credits

Group members: Michael Booth. • Review copy provided.  • Song list: Are You Washed in the Blood; Praise Him Praise Him; Sweet Will of God; At Calvary; Near to the Heart of God; There is a Fountain; Showers of Blessing; Jesus is Coming Again / What a Day That Will Be; Morning Has Broken.


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  1. I always enjoy recordings with several of the classic hymns on them. I’m looking forward to purchasing this one.

  2. Will this album be available from the Brothers’ website?

  3. Daniel please help. When is the release date for gold citys cd. I heard november 15th. Has that changed again. Please help me with accurate info. Thanks so much

    • It’s out now.

      • When will this new solo album of Michael’s be available from the website and not just on the table?

      • I don’t know if it will go on the site.

      • I wish I’d gotten it at their concert. I want to give it to my mom for Christmas…

      • *whisper quietly* I think she’s been known to lurk here, and even comment on rare occasions. Who knows if she’s googling “yankeegospelgirl” and “Christmas,” even as we speak, to see if she uncovers anything interesting. 🙂

        (And yes, this is entirely tongue in cheek! You’re probably safe! 🙂 )

      • She’s never commented here to my knowledge. She basically just reads my blog. 😛

      • I think she has, but it’s been a while. 🙂

  4. Thanks Daniel. I guess what I’m asking is… I ordered it at lifeway and they said it would be here november 15. That was two weeks ago. I saw on the provident website that release date was november 22 and amazon said novemver 29. Please help. Thanks

    • What on earth are you talking about? Michael Booth isn’t with any of the Provident-associated labels (that is to say, Stow Town or New Haven). 🙂

  5. No I’m talking about the gold city cd. Please help

    • Please post in the Gold City thread, and I’d be happy to. 🙂