3:1 Review: Go Tell the World (Simple Faith)
3:1 Reviews offer three highlights of an album and one area that could have been improved.
1: Song Selection. An album with ten new songs this strong would be incredibly strong for even a mainline group. Simple Faith is a quintet from Northern Ireland, and undoubtedly they do not have access to new songs from the genre’s strongest songwriters. So they did the next-best thing, something I have suggested to any number of groups in their shoes: They picked strong songs that haven’t been overdone or become signature songs. Their taste in this area seems to be solid, as this album covers song after song worth revisiting.
2: “What Did He Ever See in Me”: Most, if not all, of the quintets’ members take solos throughout this anthem. The bass singer(s) offer particularly strong step-out lines.
3: Mercy’s Mark covers. Evidently some Mercy’s Mark CDs made their way over to Northern Ireland! It’s been long enough since Mercy’s Mark’s retirement for their songs to slip from most Southern Gospel fans’ minds, making it a prime window for recuts. Simple Faith brought back three Mercy’s Mark songs, “In Awe,” “His Response,” and “We Shall see Heaven Someday,” and they are three of the project’s stronger tracks.
:1: Strongs: The album would have been stronger with live orchestration. It’s perfectly understandable that only keyboard strings would have been in the budget for a U.S. debut project! The rest of the instrumentation complements the songs and the singers well.
Credits: Produced by: Danny Crawford, Jeremy Peace, The Old Paths. Review copy provided. Group members: Eddie Lister, Paul Cairns, Jonathan Cairns, Glenn McClelland, Johnathan Welsh.
Song List: We Shall See Heaven Someday; I Believe in Prayer; Extraordinary; He Did; Go Tell the World; His Response; When the Mountains Will Not Move; In Awe; God is Good; What Did He Ever See in Me.