Bruce Carroll - The Great Exchange

Sunday 1st July 1990
Bruce Carroll - The Great Exchange

STYLE: Country
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: Word 7019986633

Reviewed by Tony May

Now that a new breed of singer/ songwriters have brought their rich skills to contemporary country music, us good ol' boys have found courage to don the stetson and swagger down main street at high noon. Classy cowpokes like Lyle Lovett, Dwight Youkam, etc. all have inspired a cluster of Christian counterparts offering New Country sounds which have progressed from the more "outlaw" orientation of fellow-believers Jerry Arhelger and Dennis Agajanian. Current top gun is Bruce Carroll, whose previous albums rank highly amongst my personal prize trophies.  Bruce's expertise receives creamy support from superstar session men in a line­up worthy of the giants of the genre. The New Grass Revival, remembered for their album with Leon Russell, and for my money the supreme hot pickin' country band, weigh in too.  It's one mouth watering menu for country appreciardos. The ten songs are Christ-centred, whilst relating strongly in a non-escapist way to the gut level realities of streetlife. Some songs are red-dirt and rural, reminiscent of much of John Mellencamp's work, others more smoothed-out and "back porch Sunday afternoon". Yup, make room around the campfire boys, Bruce is on song tonight.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Don in state of Delaware @ 16:48 on May 30 2011

This has got to be one of Bruce's finest recordings to date; great ccm material heard here. I remember when I heard ccm radio play "Elm Street", WOW! what a song! I believe this may have been one of the first songs I heard by Bruce;the lyrics speak, probably my all time favorite by Bruce. CCM great Wayne Kirkpatrick also helps with bgv's on this song. Of course, "Who Will Be JESUS" seems to be one of the album's high-lights; great ccm song!;cuts right to the bone with lyrics. The title song is a well crafted song; top ccm lyrics & tune: a song Bruce co-wrote. In fact, Bruce co-wrote every song on the recording; his song writing really shines out! I really like the country- flavored "Wake the Dead":THE TIME IS NOW!!! CCM vet Phil Keaggy's solo guitar on the opening song "Living in the Pages" highlights the song. Well known fiddle player Mark O'Conner is heard on some of the songs; especially on the story song closer "You Never Know";another favorite.
Glad to have this in my ccm collection!
GOD Bless! -Don

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