Trace Balin - Glory Road

Thursday 1st December 1994
Trace Balin - Glory Road
Trace Balin - Glory Road

RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
LABEL: Spark SK7040

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

I think Europe, or more particularly Holland, or more particularly still the Dutch Christian music scene, deserve our heartfelt thanks for giving Trace the support base to record this magnificent album. For as her curate's egg albums of old prove the Nashville CCM industry can be a thoughtless cloning machine and it took Europe's warm appreciation of the gospel blues to encourage Trace and her guitarist/bassman husband Joel to produce this magnificent album. With a style at times uncannily like an early Bonnie Rait, Trace with gritty, soulful assurance rasps, growls and sweetly hollers her way through a set of excellent songs (mostly co-written by Trace). The ballad "Faith Is A Travelin' Thing" seems a little out of place in this context but it's a beauty none-the-less. Fine singing, hot playing (guitarist Pat Buchanan is a clear maestro) and a supremely honest, enriching album.

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