CD Review: North America Live (The Hoppers)
Rating: 4.5 (of 5)
Average Song Rating: 4.45 (of 5)
Song List: Holy Ghost Wind; Blame It On Love; Jesus Saves; Pathway Built For Two; Ten Thousand Years; Ready To Leave; On My Journey Home; Mama Was Praying For Me; He’s Worthy; It Is Well With My Soul; Jerusalem.
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Live projects typically fall into one of two categories. Either the artist sings all their hits (or all the songs off their current project, if they come out with a video per year), or they debut all or mostly all new songs. It’s a little hard to pin down which category North America Live falls into.
The project has several new songs (“Blame it on Love,” “Pathway Built for Two.”) It also has a number of songs new to the Hoppers (“Ready to Leave,” “Ten Thousand Years,” “It is Well.”)
But the project also includes a number of the Hopper’s long-time favorites—”Jesus Saves,” “On My Journey Home,” and, as a closer, “Jerusalem.” So it’s not exactly a project of new songs or a project of classics.
Though it might be hard to categorize, it’s an excellent project. The mixture of soundtracks and (evidently) a live band works well. Unlike most live projects, which are recorded entirely in one night, the Hoppers recorded a half-dozen different concerts in the United States and Canada in July and August and selected the takes that came out the best.
If the Hoppers had managed to find eleven new songs this strong, the project would have definitely been five-star quality. As it is, though, it comes pretty close.