3:1 CD Review: 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
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.