3:1 CD Review: Amen (Down East Boys)
3:1 Reviews offer three highlights of an album and one area that could have been improved.
1. “I Won’t Trade My Crown”: Amen’s standout ballad steps outside the familiar themes of salvation/testimony and Heaven found in many of the project’s other songs. The first verse starts with Satan’s temptation of Jesus. Even if the chorus makes it obvious that the second verse will pivot to focusing on Satan’s temptation of us, the concept and the rest of the execution are so strong that it’s easily forgivable. In point of fact, most people in the audience for a typical Southern Gospel concert are already saved, and this song is perfect to encourage believers.
2. “When I Could Do Nothing”: Through the choruses of this slow quartet song, group members trade lines, building the song to a big ending.
3. “Waiting for the Day”: This toe-tapper was written by final Old Time Gospel Hour Quartet bass singer Jerry Pilgrim, and originally recorded on the group’s final project (The Word is Out, which, incidentally, featured Tony Jarman on tenor). Since the Old Time Gospel Hour Quartet disbanded shortly after that album came out, this forgotten song was ripe for an encore performance.
:1. Nothing, really: Could one ask for ten incredible songs instead of six or seven? Sure, but that’s not really enough to merit a :1. Suffice to say that if you like good quartet singing, but the Down East Boys have been off your radar for the last few years, it’s time to boot your radar up again.
Traditional or Progressive
Radio Single Picks
“Waiting For the Day,” “His Beloved the Redeemed,” “When I Could Do Nothing,” and “I Won’t Trade My Crown”
Album Rating: 4.5 stars
Producer: Jeff Collins. • Group members: Tony Jarman (tenor), Rickey Carden (lead), Daryl Paschal (baritone), Stuart Cary (bass). • Review copy provided. • Song list: Every Word in the Word; Hold On; I Won’t Trade My Crown; When I Could Do Nothing; His Beloved The Redeemed; Suddenly One Morning; Under the Blood; Waiting For the Day; Redemption Draweth Nigh; Amen.