3:1 CD Review: Through the Night (The Perrys)

Through the Night (Perrys)3:1 Reviews offer three highlights of an album and one area that could have been improved.

1: Through the Night: The Perrys are at their best when they have a lyric that captures the stark contrast of the pain of the valleys of this life with the joy of deliverance—and a melody that leaves room for Joseph Habedank or (as here) Libbi Perry Stuffle to mix pathos and power. Whether or not you purchase the rest of the album, definitely get this song. 

2: When He Spoke: Joseph Habedank, a powerhouse lead singer, turns in his strongest performance of the album on “When He Spoke.” Bryan Walker also offers a strong powerhouse vocal before Libbi Perry Stuffle brings it home.

3: One Of These Mornings: Perhaps it’s not a monumental achievement on par with a “I Wish I Could’ve Been There” or even a “Damascus Road.” But it’s a solid, fun up-tempo song, the best on the project. It’s very sonically reminiscent of “Blue Skies Coming,” but with that song’s success, that’s far from a bad thing. 

:1: Song Selection: The vocal performances are spectacular. The arrangements are majestic. And the songs are . . . good. The only reason this wasn’t a five-star project, on par with a This is the Day, Look No Further, or Blue Skies Coming is that it could have used a few more spectacular songs.

Make no mistake, there’s not really a bad song on the whole project. The project is filled with good songs, and will not disappoint fans looking for a new dose of the encouragement and enthusiasm that always highlight a Perrys project. 

Traditional or Progressive: Middle-of-the-road.

Credits: Produced by Wayne Haun. Tracks recorded by Kevin Ward at The Sound Emporium Studio A, Nashville, TN. Vocals recorded by Justin Tropf and Kimmy Tarbutton at Daywind Sky Studios, and Terry Thompson at UpFront Studios. Orchestra arranged by Wayne Haun and recorded by Bobby Shin at Little Big Room, Nashville, TN. Musicians: Jason Webb (piano, B3, organ, rhodes); Scott Sanders (steel guitar, dobro); Kelly Back (electric and acoustic guitar); John Hammond (drums & percussion); Craig Nelson (bass guitar); Zak Shumate (drums); Wayne Haun (keyboard overdubs); Duncan Mullins (bass guitar); Randy Miller (harmonica); Bryan Sutton (banjo); Hans Nelson (keyboard overdubs); Roger Fortner (acoustic guitar); Steve Brewster (drums); Mark Hill (bass).

Song List: I Got A Hold of God This Morning (written by Kyla Rowland); Whosoever Will (written by Joel Lindsey, Wayne Haun, and Joseph Habedank); Everywhere I Go (written by Kirk Talley); Through the Night (written by Wayne Haun and Joel Lindsey); He Is Good To Me (written by Wayne Haun and Joseph Habedank); Too Good to Not Be True (written by Adina Bowman and Joseph Habedank); The Blood and Its Power (written by Kyla Rowland and Chris Binion); One of These Mornings (written by Joel Lindsey and Jeff Bumgardner); Unspoken Request (written by Joel Lindsey and Jeff Bumgardner); When He Spoke (written by Joel Lindsey and Jeff Silvey).

Album rating: 4 stars.

Five-star songs: Through the Night.

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  1. I’ have to disagree about the best up-tempo song on this project. I absolutely love “I Got A Hold Of God This Morning”. I don’t know if it’s because I’m a bass singer or what, but I really like singing along with this song (especially Tracy’s step-out lines). I always hit Repeat a few times before moving on to the rest of the album.

    • If I was a bass singer, that would probably be my favorite, too. 🙂

  2. I got it in the mail Wednesday, and ripped it to my computer at work yesterday, but haven’t listened to it yet. I want to make it through my Perrys collection of CDs I have picked up over the past 2-3 years (many of which were packed away and not listened to yet). My favorite project of theirs so far is “Almost Morning” which I have listened to many times. I think I have all of their CDs on Daywind and looking at their discography, I know I picked up “Center Stave Live” used, but don’t know where it is packed away at.
    Prior to “Almost Morning”, I had only picked up the “This Is The Day” project at which point I started getting the previous ones.

  3. Did they change their mind on the single? The October newsletter said it would be “I Got A Hold Of God This Morning”…

    • Hmm. I thought they said it was at NQC, but maybe I remembered wrong. I’ll update the post accordingly until there is more definite information.

      • Okay, here’s the quote from the email…

        The Perry’s new CD “THROUGH THE NIGHT” is now available on The Perry’s website for orders. This cd contains: I Got A Hold of God This Morning, Through the Night, When He Spoke, Whosoever Will, Everywhere I Go, Too Good To Not Be True, He Is Good To Me, Blood and Its Power, One of These Mornings and Unspoken Request.
        The first single out to radio is, I Got A Hold of God This Morning. Call your local Gospel radio station and request this powerful song written by Kyla Rowland.

      • OK. I take it that either my ears or my brain played a trick on me at NQC. They aren’t known to serve me too well when I’m running on ~4 hours of sleep. 🙂

      • Guess you just knew it had the word “Morning” in it somewhere…. 🙂

      • 🙂 Specifically, I thought they said “One of these Mornings” was the first single when introducing it in one of their sets. I must have remembered wrong.

  4. I disagree on song selection. I thought “Blue Skies” song selection was weaker than this CD. Maybe is was just because “Blue Skies” followed “Almost Morning” which is one of my all time favorite albums, but it seemed a little flat to me. However, I consider almost every song on “Through the Night” to be either 4-5 stars.

  5. Daniel,
    Is “When He Spoke” the same song they recorded with Mike Bowling and Nicole Watts?
    And, is Kirk Talley’s “Everywhere I Go” this song….
    “Everywhere I go, the Lord is always leading me. Everywhere I go, He’s right there by my side. He is constantly cheering me, pressing towards the victiory. He is always leading me everywhere I go.” ?

    I first heard the above song on an CD by a group from Mansfield called Heaven’s Harmony. Colonial City’s David Cambell, before joining CCQ, sang with, and emcee’d for, the group. I’m thinking they were together for 5 or 6 years. Don’t know if you ever heard them or not.

    • Yes, both are the same songs.

  6. Hey Daniel!

    Thanks for the review. Always a great read!