Thursday, June 12, 2014

Angel at the Crossroads - High Road III - CD Review

High Road III made a big splash on the main stage of the National Quartet Convention. With their latest project Angel at the Crossroads, they are making an even bigger splash.

The trio consists of Sarah Davidson, Anna Grace Kimbrough and Kiley Phillips. The girls are not only talented vocalists but musicians and song writers. They showcase all three on this project. The girls played their own instruments only getting a little help on drums, mandolin and banjo. No one in the industry is doing what these young women are.

The girls are receiving help from big names in Southern Gospe with Ben Issacs as producer and Bill Gaither with guest vocals. You can definitely sense the Isaacs influence. With the trifecta of vocal talent, musicianship and song writing, these girls are definitely similar to the Isaacs.

The album is a pretty even mix of familiar hymns/songs and new songs. I like High Road's take on "My Savior's Love." It's a highlight of the hymns. The other one would be "Beulah Land." The violin intro alone makes it noteworthy. It's interesting to hear them cover "Redeemer" which is more of a contemporary song, but I liked hearing their version of it. "When God Dips His Pen of Love" is the song that Bill Gaither makes a guest appearance on.

"Angel at the Crossroads" is the title track and the highlight of the project. With the incredible vocals on this song, it is absolutely in the girls' sweet spot. Also, don't miss their concept video with this song.

"Worry" is one of the songs that the girls wrote. It's a great uptempo song that for me was a favorite that I found myself putting this song on repeat. The other song written by the trio is "Don't You Weep for Me."

"For the Rest of Our Lives" is a sweet, country love song. It reminds me of a song that Jeff and Sheri Easter also might record.

One of the standout tracks of the project has to be "Prayer Chain" just for the novelty of the song. You can't help but laugh at how true it can be. We all know church people who use the prayer chain as the gossip mill and exaggerate circumstances. It's a fun song; while not the most spiritually deep song on the album, don't miss it!

High Road III is full of talent, and this project proves that these girls are earning their spot in Southern Gospel. If you love the style of the Isaacs, this is a "don't miss" album for you. Even if that style normally isn't your cup of tea, Angel at the Crossroads is definitely worth a listen! You will be nothing less than impressed by this trio!

Song List -

1. "Count Your Blessings"
2. "Worry"
3. "My Savior's Love"
4. "Angel at the Crossroads"
5. "Walk Beside Me"
6. "Jesus Built a Bridge"
7. "Don't You Weep for Me"
8. "For the Rest of Our Lives"
9. "Beulah Land"
10. "Redeemer"
11. "When God Dips His Pen of Love"
12. "Prayer Chain"

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