CD Review: Story of a Lifetime (Dills)
Rating: 4.5 stars (of 5)
Average Song Rating: 4.0 stars (of 5)
Song List: Amazing You; Holy of Holies; I See a Mountain; I Quit; Tired of Running; Worth It; He Got Up; Yesterday’s News; He Got Up; I’m Over What’s Under the Blood.
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Shawn and Tim Dill began singing with their parents at age seven; today’s version of the group is based in Jackson, Tennessee and features Shawn and Tim with their wives, LeeAnn and Bridget Dill. The Dill’s sound is fairly progressive, but is still traditional enough that fans of more traditional mixed groups can appreciate it.
The Story of a Lifetime has high vocal and production quality, but its strongest point is probably its song selection. The Dills were able to find a number of songs that better known groups would (or at least should) jump at the chance to record. (In fact, it’s already happened, if the title track of Brian Free & Assurance’s new project, Worth It, is the same song.)
The project has several excellent uptempo songs, including “Tired of Running” and “He Got Up,” both penned by Joseph Habedank and Matthew Holt.
“I Quit” and “Worth It” are both lyrically powerful mid-tempo songs. The orchestration doesn’t really build with either to the point where they would be termed a big ballad. Both songs are what I would term “message songs”—songs where the lyric is so catching that it’s what you remember, even if you forget the tune.
“Holy of Holies” is the project’s strongest big ballad. It was penned by Geron Davis in 1989, but is (to my knowledge) new to Southern Gospel. It is a good fit for genre and the group, and word is it’s under consideration for a radio single.
One other notable cover is song “Yesterday’s News.” Originally penned in 1998 and recorded by Truth, it is also survives its transpant to Southern Gospel well.
This project should go a long way toward establishing the Dills as a group worth watching.