CD Review: No Trace of Rain (Paid In Full)
Paid in Full started in 1991 and really took off when the late Jake Hess started mentoring the group in 1996. For years, they have been content to be weekend warriors, even as an increasing chorus of critics and fans say that they’re on par with the best out there.
It’s not the sort of situation where “potential” is the topic of discussion. Gaither Homecoming artist Woody Wright has produced or co-produced all their releases since their 1998 debut recording In All I Do, and he returned for this recording. This provides stylistic consistency with their other recordings, though the added talents of David Staton and Gus Gaches are particularly evident in the album’s more progressive tracks.
Wright’s contributions were not limited to producing; he also contributed a two songs. The first was a quartet song, “My Soul is Firmly Anchored,” recorded with a guest bass vocal by Gene McDonald. It’s the same song Legacy Five recorded on Just Stand; it’s a tossup which rendition is better. The other song Wright contributed was probably the biggest standout track for aficionados of thought-provoking lyrics: “Light Doesn’t Make a Sound.”
PIF baritone Bradley Littlejohn co-wrote “Lead On” with Dianne Wilkinson. His lyric fits well with a melody that has the unmistakable Wilkinson groove.
The album closes with “The Other Side,” a track with a timeless feel that makes you feel like you’ve surely heard it before, that it must surely already be a classic that you’ve heard done by a half-dozen other groups. It features lead singer Lance Moore and was written by Gaither Homecoming artist Stephen Hill.
This album will delight current PIF fans, and undoubtedly win the group new fans.
Rating: 4 stars. ♦ Average song rating: 3.7 stars. ♦ Group members: Lance Moore, Bradley Littlejohn, Brock White. ♦ Produced by: Woody Wright, David Staton, Gus Gaches. ♦ Available from: Group. Review copy provided. ♦ Song list: Truth Be Told; I Go to Jesus; This is the Day; Praise Makes the Walls Come Down; Lead On; My Soul is Firmly Anchored; Waiting for the Morning; Light Doesn’t Make a Sound; It Takes Faith; Faith Moved a Mountain; The Other Side.