3:1 CD Review: Baptized on Sunday (Penny Loafers)

Baptized on Sunday (Penny Loafers)3:1 Reviews offer three highlights of an album and one area that could have been improved.

1. “Goodbye, World, Goodbye”: This song made the group the most-discussed breakout act at NQC 2010 and landed the group a one-song slot on the mainstage. (It likely even helped land this major-label deal with Mansion Entertainment). The lively, inventive a capella treatment that involves tempo changes, beatboxing, and even vocal simulation of assorted brass instruments. 

2. “That’s When the Angels Rejoice”: If you hoped this national debut would include more inventive a capella arrangements on par with “Goodbye World Goodbye,” this is the strongest of the other a capella numers.

3. “I’ve Been on the Mountain”: You might think you know this song from the Bill Gaither Trio or Stamps Quartet renditions. But you’ll barely recognize here—and, somehow, that’s a good thing. Despite the point made in the next paragraph, the Penny Loafers demonstrated with this track that they can extend their trademark vocal creativity to songs with tracks.

:1. One thing I would change: Songs with Tracks. With the exception of “I’ve Been on the Mountain,” the vocal arrangements on the songs with tracks sounded like any other Southern Gospel group’s arrangements. The Penny Loafers’ creative vocal arrangements are among the most unique in our genre. If they’re willing to put in the time and effort to come up with ten stunning vocal arrangements per album, they have what it takes to carve out their own niche and establish themselves as one of our genre’s leading groups. 

Traditional or Progressive

A capella and middle-of-the-road.

Radio Single Picks

“Goodbye World Goodbye,” “That’s When the Angels Rejoice,” “I’ve Been on the Mountain”

Album Rating: 4 Stars

Credits

Producer: The Penny Loafers. • Group members: Michael Hunt, Larry Nichols, Alan Pike, Kevin Slemp. • Review copy provided.  • Song list: Baptized on Sunday; Goodbye World, Goodbye; Ever-Present Help; Great is Thy Faithfulness; Livin’ it Up; That’s When the Angels Rejoice; Jesus, You’re So Wonderful; When God is Leading You; The Lord’s Prayer; I’ve Been on the Mountain.


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  1. Hmm…I don’t know this group. I’m a little confused. All of the songs are accapella? :-k

    • Um, no – I did refer to songs with tracks! 🙂

  2. Oh, OK, I see it. You said accapella near the end, and mentioned them imitating musical instruments, so I wasn’t sure… 🙂

  3. Now, bear in mind I am sick and haven’t slept a lot. However, did that originally say the “Gaither Vocal Band” or did I just add that in when skimming this morning? Either way, the Trio is correct (although the GVB did do “There Is a Mountain”.

    • I haven’t edited it today. 🙂

  4. Thanks Daniel for the review. Check out our new video on youtube at http://youtu.be/0NS9fv8D5z4 Includes special guest Mosie Lister. Let us know what you think.

    • That’s an easy answer – I love the video, and I’m planning to feature it in an upcoming Saturday News Roundup. 🙂

  5. Daniel,
    Where can this cd be purchased? I looked in Manisons online store and it wasn’t there. Also, do they only have a Facebook?

    • I’m not sure! I don’t see a website, either.

      It is available for purchase on iTunes.

  6. You can get the cd from the Penny Loafers facebook store or on itunes. They also have a website at http://www.theloafers.com.

    • Thanks, Alan! I tried Googling you all, but to no avail.

  7. We saw you last evening at Travelers Rest, You guys were SUPER Great! what a gotten enjoyable evening that was. I tried to reach you on facebook, so far haven’t been successful, will keep trying.
    Do you preform at Renfo Valley?
    Take care, God Bless

    Don Hull
    346 Oak St
    Duncan Falls , Ohio
    43734

  8. How can I purchase latest CD?