Archer - I Can Hardly Wait
Review By: George
Peden, CSO Staff Journalist
Give thanks unto the Lord,
call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people. Sing
unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk ye of his wondrous works.
I Chronicles 16: 8-9 and 23-25
I Can Hardly Wait is the
new release from Randy Archer. The former hit-seeker with country
duo Archer Park has turned his hand and voice to a religious
album. And before the wowsers turn their ears away, itís
wholesome, melodic and well crafted.
Archer in recent times has
proven his years away from the pressures of Billboard hits, a
journey he rode in the early 90s with duo mate Johnny Park, has
been time well spent. There was last yearís CSO favorite, the
spirited Shots In The Dark. On that breakthrough
fan-friendly release, Archer, who has penned tunes for Tracy
Lawrence and Hank Junior, showed he could deliver on his own
account. It was a knockout album. In a different vein, so is
Now on a different track, but
still with the class and polish that defined Shots, Archer
opens up and shares his faith, devotion and talent. I Can
Hardly Wait is a joyous celebration of one manís journey,
tabled on a modern and easy-on-the-ear album. One read of
Archerís liner notes and web page show a guy who doesnít hid
his light under a bushel Ė itís out there. Itís real,
positive and strong. Itís faith, active faith, proudly on show.
The album title, the opening
cut, shares the excitement of a salvation thatís on the way.
ďI Can Hardly WaitĒ is one of the 11 tracks on this
self-penned release out now on Sharewell Records. The tune, a
cheerful look to whatís to come in our lifeís journey, sets
the albumís theme up perfectly.
A read through the liner notes
and Archerís webpage reveals a guy committed and happy with the
music heís now making. Doubly talented with a keen ability to
write memorable tunes and a voice thatís rich, toned with an
easy pitch and mellow timbre, I Can Hardly Wait is a move
towards another market; itís sure to draw fans from the
converted and those with a leaning to Gospel.
Archerís ability to tell a
story, and not preach, with his music is a winning factor. The
radio single, ďMama Prayed For MeĒ, tells how a kid, wayward
and wild, finds the path to God, all through the persistent
prayers of a mother who found the time on her knees was eventually
rewarded by He who hears every whisper and knows every head hair.
In these times of turmoil and
trouble, Archerís message Ė that of the simple realization
Jesus died and rose for our sins Ė is a considered reflection
that beyond human indifference, there is a way out, a way forward
to those who place their trust not in good words and deeds, but
rather in a living faith. Archerís music and message captures
Standout tracks include the
thoughtful ďIf There Had Only Been MeĒ, ďIím ForgivenĒ
and ďI Reached Heaven (While I was On My Knees). A closing hat
tip also to the albumís musicians; they offer solid foundations
to these timely tunes.