3:1 CD Review: Songs From The Heart (Triumphant Quartet)

Note: Apologies to Triumphant fans; Jackie Wilburn’s sudden death delayed the schedule by a day.

Songs You Know by Heart (Triumphant Quartet)

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

1. Concept: Songs from the Heart highlights two songs written or co-written by each member of the group. It’s a great thought, a concept few other groups could pull off. The concept is so excellent and executed so well that one is predisposed to forgive a sporadic weak or forgettable track.

2. “When It’s All Said and Done” (Scotty Inman) and “Almost Home”: As Jeff Stice said in the liner notes, the rest of the group views Scotty as the only serious writer in the group. Thankfully, the other group members are competent or better and carry the rest of the project. Yet there is no question who’s the Squire Parsons of the bunch.

3. Jeff Stice’s melodies: Jeff wrote “Streets of Gold” and “When the Rapture Comes My Way.” Will either lyric knock your socks off? Even if not, Jeff is an undisputed musical genius and provides two of the projects’ best melodies. He happens to ride a bus each weekend with a top-notch lyricist; perhaps we’ll see collaborations in the future.

4. God Works All Things for Good: This story-song, written by and featuring Eric Bennett, whets the appetite to lead listeners to hope there’s more where that came from.

:1. One thing I would change: “Let’s All Stand For America”: Not Triumphant’s strongest moment. (But see point 1.)

Album Rating: 4 Stars

Traditional or Progressive

Middle-0f-the-road.

Radio Single Picks

“Almost Home” should go to radio, even if this was a table project. (EDIT: Since the review was finished, Triumphant sent it to radio. Not bad!) “God Works All Things for Good” is also radio single quality.

Credits

Producer: Jeff Stice. • Group members: David Sutton (tenor), Clayton Inman (lead), Scotty Inman (baritone), Eric Bennett (bass), Jeff Stice (pianist). • Review copy provided.  • Song list: Be of Good Cheer; Thank You Lord; Praying For Me; When It’s All Said and Done; Streets of Gold; When the Rapture Comes My Way; God Works All Things For Good; Almost Home; Goin’ Up to Heaven; Let’s All Stand For America.


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  1. I pretty much agree with what you’ve said, Daniel! I am really enjoying this CD and it means more to me knowing that the guys wrote all of the songs.

    • Well, when I write a review that is positive (though not over-the-top glowing!) and it gets a thumbs-up from one of Triumphant’s biggest fans – I guess it must have been a pretty decent review. Thanks! 🙂

      • It still gets 5 stars from me!!

      • I imagine everything from Triumphant would! 🙂

        I love a lot of groups, but none enough to automatically give them five stars! 🙂

      • Just so you know, there are a couple that I wouldn’t give 5 stars!! But those were several years ago.

      • Oh, OK! 🙂

  2. This may be my favorite CD of theirs, and its one of my favorite recent albums period. I don’t normally keep listening to a CD over and over after a period of a month or so. When I was with the Melody Boys, Gerald gave me a recording they did in the 1980s called “Moods of Gospel”. Most of the songs on the album were written either by members or family members of MBQ, and it ended up being one of my favorite MBQ recordings because it was so different from the regular material that was being done. I think some of our top singers who do not commonly write usually end up writing some of the most unique songs, and I think its because their thought process may be a little unique from the rest. The end results are usually songs that are not so mechanical and are quite clever. Same applies with Triumphant’s recording. It’s different from the rest of the recordings out there these days, each song fits the personality of the writer, and most of them are the kind that only Triumphant will/can record. Great album.

  3. Just listened to this CD, and I loved it! Hoping to post a review soon, but I think I have to agree with Diana in the 5 star rating. Or at least a 4.5. 🙂

  4. This Cd is wonderful. I have it stored in my vehicle. When it starts in the morning on my ride to work, I just get in the best mood. These guys are my inspiration. Have seen them and bought several cs’s and cant say any song is a Bsd one. I feel like each song has a personal message to me go help me do the job that I have to to. You guys are wonderful.

    • Absolutely 5 stars for the entire Cd.

  5. I have been listening to this Cd since I purchased it and ca.t stop. It helps get me started for a sometimes difficult job.