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CD Review: Song of David – Modern Pioneers

October 28, 2011 By: Aaron Category: CD Reviews, David Bryan, SG Artists, SG Music, Song of David

Rating: 3 stars

Producers: Danny Crawford & Brian Beatty
Label: Manor House Music
Website: www.song-of-david.com

Song titles: Love Comes to Town; The Holy Hills; Water in the Wilderness; Modern Pioneers; The Sound of the Sun; One Step (at a time); When I Leave it in Your Hands; Angels Watching; This Storm; Power In His Name

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This is one of those rare instances where it seems that several Southern Gospel bloggers decided to review a particular project at the same time without doing a mega-review. It seems that a couple of the bloggers that I habitually read had something to say in their reviews on the same week that I was planning to do one! That being said, you can go to David Murray’s blog and Daniel Mount’s blog to read their thoughts on it, and since I share the majority of their opinions, I’ll keep my comments to a minimum.

One thing that you can definitely come away with on this project is a sense of appreciation for the creativity in a lot of aspects. The very name of the artists speaks to that; Song of David is not a group, but a songwriter/soloist by the name of David Bryan. You’ve probably heard his work from Legacy Five; he wrote their quietly popular tenor feature “Peace (When I Leave It In Your Hands),” and that song gets covered here with a more country flavor than L5’s take. Another interesting cut is Bryan’s rendition of the Dottie Rambo classic “The Holy Hills of Heaven Call Me,” which is given a progressive, electric guitar-driven treatment that certainly sets it apart from other versions of the song.

My only complaint is that, other than the couple of songs I’ve mentioned, there are really no stand-outs here. Song of David certainly has a defined sound, but this release has fallen into the trap of the songs all running together. Fast, slow, in between; all of them have the same country tinge, with little variety. A note I would give moving forward for Song of David’s next body of work is to explore other styles with the music.

Overall, Bryan has put together a collection of songs not unlike reminds me of something a group like Paid In Full would do stylistically. If you like that sound, this project is right up your alley. Modern Pioneers receives 3 stars.

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4 Comments to “CD Review: Song of David – Modern Pioneers”

  1. I don’t see a problem with several bloggers doing a review the same week. I think it’s interesting to see what each blogger has to say about the project. Hopefully the others didn’t steal your thunder too bad. [EDIT] As far as Song of David, I feel they deserve just as much “too do” as the Ryan Seaton Quartet, which was covered by 3 or 4 bloggers this week, with the same videos covering the same ole songs we’ve heard from other groups.

    • Oh, me neither. I thought it was interesting timing! I also found it interesting that they were basically speaking my thoughts for me!

      Sorry for editing your comment, but I’d rather this didn’t become a flame war. The matter is resolved.

  2. I applaude David for stepping out with a fresh feel. We are all entitled to our own opinion, but if you like country music you got to love this project. ah a breath of fresh air. Keep it coming David and we will follow.

  3. Agreed—I do enjoy their sound, but they seem a little over-hyped to me.


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