CD Review: Everyday (Triumphant Quartet)

tq_cd_everydayRating: 5 stars (of 5)

Average song rating: 4.4 stars (of 5)

Song List: Jesus Built This Church on Love; Everyday; Somebody Died For Me; Amazed at the Change; Do You Know that You Know?; When the Trumpet Sounds; One Drop of Blood; God’s Home; What a Wonderful Day; The Day of the Lord.

Available From: Artist. [EDIT, 6/18/12: Broken link removed.]

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Triumphant Quartet has kept the same lineup and same style long enough that they don’t have to be concerned about whether their fans will like their new releases. This gives them a freedom in song selection and placement on a CD that groups introducing a new member or more progressive style don’t have; while such groups frequently start a CD with its strongest or second-strongest song, Triumphant Quartet doesn’t have to do that. On Everyday, the project’s four strongest songs are all in the second half of the project. It’s not that the project really has a single weak song; I rate every song on this project a four or five of five stars, something I rarely do even with my highest rated CDs of a given year. On Everyday, Triumphant is able to start with strong songs but build with stronger songs to an impressive finish.

The project starts with two covers, “Jesus Built This Church on Love” (Hemphills) and “Everyday” (Oak Ridge Boys). “Somebody Died for Me” is a ballad with a patriotic /miltary hook.

“Amazed at the Change” was penned by Rodney Griffin, and originally pitched to the group for their previous project. When they didn’t record it on that project, he pitched it to other groups; it was picked up by Liberty Quartet as the title track for their most recent project, Amazed (reviewed here). Then, when Triumphant was selecting songs for this project, they returned to this song and picked it up. The renditions are fairly similar; Liberty Quartet’s rendition has a more easy swing feel, while Triumphant’s has a slightly more produced feel, with some nice harmony arrangements on the final chorus.

“Do You Know that You Know” is songwriter / baritone Scotty Inman’s contribution to the project. This makes this the third “Know” song Daywind artists have released in the past 7 or 8 months, following “I Know that I Know,” cut originally by the Mark Trammell Trio and then Legacy Five, and Greater Vision’s “I Want You to Know That You Know.” Triumphant had already cut tracks for this song before they heard the other group’s cuts; however, it might not have been a bad idea for Daywind execs to suggest that the group held it till their next project.

It has nothing to do with the quality of the song—it’s a great song, and I disagree with David Bruce Murray’s description of the song as repetitive. [EDIT, 6/6/12: Broken link removed.] Yes, the title is repeated twice at the end of the chorus, but that doesn’t make it any more repetitive than, say, “The Blind Man Saw it All.”

The second half of the project is filled with excellent songs. David Sutton is featured on a cover of the Joe Moscheo tune “What a Wonderful Day.”  And there are a trio of songs that really should get sent to radio: Wayne Haun’s “When the Trumpet Sounds” is a great uptempo song that really should get sent to radio. The same can be said for two other songs on the project, “One Drop of Blood,” a ballad penned by Jerry Goff that features bass singer Eric Bennett, and the project’s closing song, “The Day of Our Lord,” a ballad penned by Paula Stefanovich (author of “Jerusalem,” “Yaweh,” and “Gospel to the World”) that moves along in a fairly uptempo 6/8 time.

“The Day of the Lord” has one recording oddity I haven’t quite figured out. At least the Daywind pre-release I got has a series of fairly loud beeps (eleven, to be precise) at the end of the bridge, before the transition to the clip from “The King is Coming.” Does anyone know if these made it into the final release, and if they were intentional?

The longer Triumphant can maintain this lineup, and level of song selection and production quality, the more of a lasting mark they will make on this genre. The groups that have the strongest following decades later – the groups from the 60s and 70s that people are still talking about – are the groups that pulled this off.

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  1. Daniel, listened to this going to the doctor for the first time. It was good but when I saw them last month they sounded better but you can’t take anything away! They are great and their pianist Jeff Stice is awesome:-) They are hard to beat!

  2. Great Review Daniel, I love this album it is one of the best TQ has put out to date. Although I think “The Day Of Our Lord” is probably my favorite followed very closely by “Amazed At The Change” I love all of Eric Bennett solos he is such a good singer!!! and “One Drop Of Blood” Does not disappoint. This project is very deserving of the 5 stars you gave it!!!!!!! I am listening to “The Day Of Our Lord” Right now and I did not hear the beeps at all. I hope that helps Daniel.

  3. Nate – thanks. I’m hoping others check in and comment on that one!

  4. I didn’t notice the beeps either when I reviewed the CD. Mine is a retail copy though that Scott sent me.

  5. Daniel,
    Actually, in “Do You Know That You Know,” the title of the song comes twice at the end of each chorus as you say, plus two more instances of the phrase “that you know.”

    Regarding the quality of the song, I think what I wrote is close to what you said. I stopped short of calling it a “great” song, but I did write that it’s “pretty good.” Also, I’m not faulting the quality of Triumphant’s song due to Greater Vision’s or the Mark Trammel Trio’s…just pointing out the same thing you said with regards to no one at Daywind thinking it mattered enough to step in and say, “Pick a different song. This is too much like two songs that just came out.”

    I didn’t realize L5 had also recorded the MTT song until you mentioned it. Is _10_ an official Daywind product or more of a table deal?

  6. 10 is more of a table deal.

    I think I’ll still maintain that it’s no more repetitive than “He Saw it All” – because along with repeating “Ask the blind man, He saw it all” twice, “Ask the” is also repeated multiple times. 😉

    And I’m not saying Daywind should have told them to cancel the song – just maybe bump it a year so it’s not in as close of conjunction with the other two.

  7. Thanks, Daniel! This has to be my favorite TQ album yet! Definitely a 5+!!

  8. I’d agree this is their best yet. Say, Dinana, could you listen really closely to the point I indicated on “Day of the Lord” to see if you hear those odd beeps?

  9. Daniel,
    The beeps that you mentioned on “The Day Of Our Lord” are not on my final release.

  10. Thanks, Brad and Wes! I’m thinking it must be a quirk of my review pre-release.

  11. OK, I wasn’t going to do this, but since my sanity is called into question (all in good humor, I know – I’m not taking offense or anything!) – here’s what the pre-release has.

    [EDIT, 11/8/10: With it being this long after the discussion was current, the link has been removed.]

    It’s only a 7-second clip, so I hope nobody minds that.

  12. No, Daniel, there were no beeps on my CD. I think you’re just hearing things and I’m starting to worry about you! (j/k) I didn’t have the Daywind pre-release though so maybe they cleaned it up before the released version.

  13. The information below is posted to remind/inform anyone reading why it’s perfectly legal for Daniel to post a short audio clip for the purpose of criticism and/or comment. This info is part of the US copyright code.

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  14. Thanks for the info! I doubt anyone would argue that 7 seconds is a substantial portion of the song. 😉

  15. I think that’s a cellphone in your clip, Daniel. lol

  16. Well, it’s on the CD I have, oddly enough. It’s not my cell!


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