Alabama - Songs
Album Review By: Penny
Rondinella, CSO Staff Journalist
a wonderfully inspirational album. This is an album with
plenty of soul, spirit, and it feels the way an inspirational
album should. This is also Alabama’s first album totally
devoted to gospel music.
In addition to Christmas
albums, I think every artist should take a stab at cutting at
least one inspirational album. After all, isn't that where
country and gospel all started? Great artists like Elvis
Presley, Alan Jackson, Randy Travis and Leann Rimes all cut
inspirational albums and have done well with them.
Songs of Inspiration
contains fifteen splendid numbers, including some of the most
beloved old standards such as "Amazing Grace" and
"In the Garden." They have also included Red Foley's
"Old Shep," the Sunday school staple "Jesus
Loves Me," with a children's chorus provided by
granddaughters of Alabama's Teddy Gentry, and the enduring
Christmas carol "Silent Night." The album is
extremely enjoyable from start to finish and the ease with
which they harmonize serves every one of these songs well.
Ralph Stanley is highlighted
in the banjo-and-fiddle-driven "I Am the Man Thomas"
and I loved "In the Garden," with Owen being
accompanied only by an acoustic guitar on the first verse
before the introduction of drums, mandolin, organ, piano, and
finally a small choir entering ever so beautifully.
The album ends with two
beautifully written original songs by Owen; a gospel ballad
titled "One Big Heaven" has his renowned voice
perfectly accompanied by a choir and strings and
"Rain," the last track on the album, brings the full
band into play with drums, guitars and all. A splendid finale
that is sure to generate more than one "Amen."
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1. His Eye Is On The Sparrow
2. In The Garden
3. Amazing Grace
4. How Great Thou Art
5. I Need Thee
6. Old Sheep
7. Jesus Loves Me
8. Silent Night
9. I Am The Man Thomas
10. Rock Of Ages
11. In The Sweet By And By
12. The Old Rugged Cross
13. What Will I Leave Behind
14. One Big Heaven
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