Jim Radford - Bound To Be Free

Published Saturday 5th September 2015
Jim Radford - Bound To Be Free
Jim Radford - Bound To Be Free

RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 155025-22806
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Lins Honeyman

The second album from Virginian singer/songwriter and pianist Jim Radford continues where his 2013 debut 'Who Says?' left off with a collection of faith-based songs which often take Scripture as their starting point. Largely sticking to an easy going country-tinged sound, Radford's gentle vocals are backed by a great band which includes a horn section, female backing singers and one-time Bonnie Raitt guitarist Will McFarlane and they provide the necessary oomph to make each song work. A number of faith-based topics are covered from adversity in "Still Gonna Trust" to meeting an old friend post-conversion in "Gave Myself Away" whilst the book of Isaiah is directly referenced to good effect in "I Have Engraven You". Elsewhere, the somewhat wordy "A Place To Stand" responds to the world view that God does not exist or, at best, there is no one true deity with intelligence whilst the confessional "Wannabe" sees the singer in self-effacing mode. A fun take on the Mahalia Jackson classic "Walk In Jerusalem" in which Radford wisely avoids attempting to imitate the great lady but instead lets his band and backing singers up the ante closes another fine release from a prolific singer/songwriter.

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