STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 158068-23220 LABEL: Absolute ABMGCD4 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2015-08-21 RRP: £13.00
Reviewed by Tony Cummings
After a mainstream country release following his national exposure on American Idol the singer with the heartbreaking story (Danny lost his wife Sofia just before the eighth season of American Idol) had stormed back with a powerful faith-based album which, thanks to excellent songs and top production to go with his blue-eyed soul-tinged voice fully deserves its US Christian chart success. The self-penned title track (also the name of Gokey's autobiography) powerfully chronicles how Jesus can lead us from despair to hope ("There's hope in front of me/There's a light I still see it/There's a hand still holding me/Even when I don't believe it"). A similar lyrical theme is explored on the ballad "Tell Your Heart To Beat Again" co-written with Matthew West. Not completely abandoning country music, Gokey teamed up with country songwriter Marcus Hummon (Tim McGraw, Dixie Chicks) for the reflective "One Life" while "Better Than Gold" is a piece of autotuned R&B funk. Maybe Danny covers too many musical bases for some people's tastes but there's no doubting that he is a fine singer and possibly could even crossover to the pop scene with the right song.
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Absolute Recordings/BMG Rights Management recording artist Danny Gokey is set to make his highly anticipated return with the extraordinary new album, “HOPE IN FRONT OF ME.” The album – which includes the USA charted single, “Hope In Front Of Me” – arrives on 21st August 2015.