STYLE: Gospel RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 158810-25276 LABEL: Fairfield Four FFR0001 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Lins Honeyman
Formed back in 1921, Nashville-based gospel vocal group the Fairfield Four have gone through many personnel changes over the years to allow them to remain active to this very day and the current line-up continues the Four's trademark a cappella sound to good effect with this collection of old gospel standards. Whilst there are no real surprises in terms of song choices, old familiars such as "Rock My Soul", "Jesus Gave Me Water" and "Come On In This House" are presented in rollicking fashion to reflect the general upbeat and high energy feel of this release with the group's precision harmonies and handclap-only accompaniment giving each song that Fairfield Four feel. To add a touch of variety to proceedings, country music superstar Lee Ann Womack joins the group on the traditional "Children Go Where I Send Thee" whilst bass man Joe Thompson takes the lead vocal on "Baptism Of Jesus" to great effect. The droning "I Love The Lord (He Heard My Cry)" refers back to the eerie abstract sound of the previous incarnation of the group that found fame and Grammy success on the 'O Brother Where Art Thou' soundtrack whilst a new version of the Four's signature song "Don't Let Nobody Turn You Around" delves even further back.
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