CD Review: Stages (Talley Trio)

Rating: 4.5 (of 5).

Average Song Rating: 3.9 (of 5).

Producer: Roger Talley.

Song List: God is Great, Good, and Merciful; True Love Has No Limits; Paramount Love; The Broken Ones; That’s Enough; We Who Come Behind; I Think Too Much of Her; I Don’t Understand it But it Does; Too Much to Gain To Lose; Preach.

***

The Talley Trio invariably finds several strong songs for each of their projects. But Stages, the Talley Trio’s 2007 release, features one of their strongest collections of songs to date. When I first heard the project a few weeks, I knew it was worth reviewing, even if it was roughly a year old.

The project features several appearances by friends of the Talley Trio over the years. Connie Hopper makes a guest appearance on “Paramount Love.” (Roger and Debra both performed with Connie in the Hoppers before leaving to start the Talleys.) Thanks to the wonders of digital technology, the late Jake Hess’s is paired with Lauren Talley for a duet on “That’s Enough.” Marcy Kelsey Beckett appears on “Too Much to Gain to Lose.” Preacher John Hagee contributes a spoken introduction to the project’s most catchy tune, “Preach.”

Of all the radio-worthy songs on the project, “The Broken Ones” saw the most chart success, making it to the #1 spot in May 2008. The project’s first two songs (“God is Great, Good and Merciful” and “True Love Has No Limits”) and the closing track (“Preach”) are also strong numbers that should have also done well on radio if they had been singled.

Quite simply, even though their in-the-studio updates suggest they’re making a good run at it for their upcoming fall release, this project will be hard to top. [EDIT, 3/16/13: Broken link removed.]


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