3:1 CD Review: Precious Seed (McKameys)
3:1 Reviews offer three highlights of an album and one area that could have been improved.
1: When He Speaks and I Am a Vessel. Both songs hit the stylistic sweet spot that has made many other McKameys songs live favorites and chart-toppers. Both are message songs—mellow, mid-tempo songs where the lyric is king.
2: Bearing Precious Seed. ”Bearing Precious Seed” kicks off the album and is easily its strongest up-tempo song. In fact, it’s probably one of the strongest fast songs they’ve ever done. It comes from Psalm 126:5-6:
(5) They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. (6) He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.
You can probably think of at least two other songs drawn from the same passage (“Bringing in the Sheaves,” “They That Sow.”) But there’s no question that this one has the coolest title!
The lyric uses the seed as a picture of spreading the Gospel, fusing the imagery of this Psalm with Jesus’ parable of the sower. The imagery goes one step beyond the first half of verse six, the challenges of going out to spread the Gospel, and focuses on the second half—the joy of the Gospel harvest.
3: Unspoken Request. When you listen to a McKameys CD, you may be used to hitting the skip button when you hear a male voice solo. (No, I won’t embarrass you by asking for a show of hands. You know who you are! )
Don’t skip this one.
This story song is a rare vocal solo from guitarist Roger Fortner. It’s simple—and that’s not a bad thing; it doesn’t need to be complex. The last two lines of the second verse are particularly well-crafted.
:1: More great songs: McKameys fans probably won’t have a single complaint about arrangements, tracks, or vocal performances. More great four- and five-star songs would have made this a five-star project.
Radio Single Picks: ”When He Speaks,” “Bearing Precious Seed,” “I Am a Vessel.”
Album Rating: 4 stars.
Group Members: Connie Fortner (soprano), Peg McKamey Bean (lead), Sheryl Farris (alto), Ruben Bean (bass), Roger Fortner (guitar), Eli Fortner (guitar).
Song List: Bearing Precious Seed; I Am a Vessel; Nothing But Grace; This Blessed Old Book; When He Speaks; Story Untold; Unspoken Request; When I Think About Heaven; Some Morning I Shall Stand; The Touch; Finish Well.
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