Randall Goodgame - The Hymnal

Monday 15th July 2002
Randall Goodgame - The Hymnal
Randall Goodgame - The Hymnal

STYLE: Roots/Acoustic
RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
LABEL: Redfish

Reviewed by Tom Lennie

We've seen a massive surge of hymn projects in recent years (Selah, Loeffler, 4Him, Amy Grant plus loads of various artists comps), some of them thoroughly blessing this listener's ears. This 'Hymnal' from young US singer/songwriter Randall Goodgame is partly in that vein, with some fine folk/Americana re-interpretations of rare and popular oldies ("Leave It There" comes in classic bluegrass style; "Father's World" is co-sung with Andrew Peterson, while "Guide Me O'..." - over two and a half centuries old - receives smart acoustic format). We're also treated, though, to a couple of striking, non-cliched ballads from RG's own pen. The guy has a beautiful, smooth voice - accompanied by top rate mandolin, piano, fiddle and French horn on various tracks, and by wife Amy's delectable harmony tones. Shame there's only nine full music tracks - with sounds as good as these, I'm left yearning for much more!

The opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily those held by Cross Rhythms. Any expressed views were accurate at the time of publishing but may or may not reflect the views of the individuals concerned at a later date.

Interested in reviewing music? Find out more here.

Sample Track Listing:
2. This Is My Father's World [Listen]
5. House Of Gold [Listen]
10. Sweet Story Of Old [Listen]

This track data is supplied by the Cross Rhythms CD/DVD review library. Please note that CD tracks may vary according to release region or product version.

Be the first to comment on this article

We welcome your opinions but libellous and abusive comments are not allowed.

We are committed to protecting your privacy. By clicking 'Send comment' you consent to Cross Rhythms storing and processing your personal data. For more information about how we care for your data please see our privacy policy.