3:1 Review: Indescribable (Chigger Hill Boys & Terri)
3:1 Reviews offer three highlights of an album and one area that could have been improved.
1. Concept: A bluegrass group covering modern praise and worship hits? No question, that’s a unique concept. If mandolins and banjos are more your cup of tea than wailing electric guitars and driving synthesizers, you are quite likely to enjoy this project.
2. “Mighty to Save”: This song particularly shines in a bluegrass setting. Naturally, some songs adapt to bluegrass better than others. This is one of the better ones.
3. “From the Inside Out”: Ditto to #2. This song adapts so well that a casual bystander may well assume that it was written and intended for bluegrass music!
4 (bonus). “In Christ Alone”: This is the one modern praise song that seemingly everyone in Southern Gospel has covered. Naturally, their rendition would sound at least something like a half-dozen other familiar renditions, right? Wrong.
Alto Terri Argot Gore trades lines with (presumably) tenor Mark Dunham for an acapella first verse. Just when you think this comfortable vocal pairing may carry the song through by itself, the instruments kick into a driving bluegrass groove for the second and third verses. It’s a surprise highlight.
:1. Instrumentation/arrangements: The group has a vocalist, an upright bassist, a banjo player, and three guitarists. One guitarist also plays mandolin. Though there’s a guest fiddler on some tracks, the arrangements would have been stronger with a more complete bluegrass ensemble. Of course, if you don’t care for fiddles or dobros, you will perceive this as a plus!
Credits: Group members: Mike Richards, Terri Argot Gore, Ricky Gore, Mark Dunham, Bobby Stangenberg, Charles Lackey. • Review copy provided.
Song List: Indescribable; Mighty to Save; Enough; From the Inside Out; Your Name; In Christ Alone; Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone); How Deep the Father’s Love for Us; Lead Me to the Cross; Revelation Song; Are You Prayin’ Hard (bonus track).
Album Rating: 4.5 stars.