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.
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
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.
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.