3:1 CD Review: Through the Night (The Perrys)
3:1 Reviews offer three highlights of an album and one area that could have been improved.
1: Through the Night: The Perrys are at their best when they have a lyric that captures the stark contrast of the pain of the valleys of this life with the joy of deliverance—and a melody that leaves room for Joseph Habedank or (as here) Libbi Perry Stuffle to mix pathos and power. Whether or not you purchase the rest of the album, definitely get this song.
2: When He Spoke: Joseph Habedank, a powerhouse lead singer, turns in his strongest performance of the album on “When He Spoke.” Bryan Walker also offers a strong powerhouse vocal before Libbi Perry Stuffle brings it home.
3: One Of These Mornings: Perhaps it’s not a monumental achievement on par with a “I Wish I Could’ve Been There” or even a “Damascus Road.” But it’s a solid, fun up-tempo song, the best on the project. It’s very sonically reminiscent of “Blue Skies Coming,” but with that song’s success, that’s far from a bad thing.
:1: Song Selection: The vocal performances are spectacular. The arrangements are majestic. And the songs are . . . good. The only reason this wasn’t a five-star project, on par with a This is the Day, Look No Further, or Blue Skies Coming is that it could have used a few more spectacular songs.
Make no mistake, there’s not really a bad song on the whole project. The project is filled with good songs, and will not disappoint fans looking for a new dose of the encouragement and enthusiasm that always highlight a Perrys project.
Credits: Produced by Wayne Haun. Tracks recorded by Kevin Ward at The Sound Emporium Studio A, Nashville, TN. Vocals recorded by Justin Tropf and Kimmy Tarbutton at Daywind Sky Studios, and Terry Thompson at UpFront Studios. Orchestra arranged by Wayne Haun and recorded by Bobby Shin at Little Big Room, Nashville, TN. Musicians: Jason Webb (piano, B3, organ, rhodes); Scott Sanders (steel guitar, dobro); Kelly Back (electric and acoustic guitar); John Hammond (drums & percussion); Craig Nelson (bass guitar); Zak Shumate (drums); Wayne Haun (keyboard overdubs); Duncan Mullins (bass guitar); Randy Miller (harmonica); Bryan Sutton (banjo); Hans Nelson (keyboard overdubs); Roger Fortner (acoustic guitar); Steve Brewster (drums); Mark Hill (bass).
Song List: I Got A Hold of God This Morning (written by Kyla Rowland); Whosoever Will (written by Joel Lindsey, Wayne Haun, and Joseph Habedank); Everywhere I Go (written by Kirk Talley); Through the Night (written by Wayne Haun and Joel Lindsey); He Is Good To Me (written by Wayne Haun and Joseph Habedank); Too Good to Not Be True (written by Adina Bowman and Joseph Habedank); The Blood and Its Power (written by Kyla Rowland and Chris Binion); One of These Mornings (written by Joel Lindsey and Jeff Bumgardner); Unspoken Request (written by Joel Lindsey and Jeff Bumgardner); When He Spoke (written by Joel Lindsey and Jeff Silvey).
Album rating: 4 stars.
Five-star songs: Through the Night.
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