Rating: 5 stars
I’ll keep my comments about individual tracks to a minimum, since most of my thoughts are on the album as a whole.
Like many quartets have seemed to favor doing recently, the Daybreak Quartet has recorded a project of old songs and hymns with the “stripped-down” sound of just piano and vocals.
This group does not disappoint with this effort. The vocals are smooth and full, and being backed by Tim Parton on some songs and Greg Howlett on others, the instrumental part of the album is solid as well. No member of the group shows off or sings out of range; each vocalist knows their limits and sticks to that. The arrangements are good as well.
Now, to the question most are asking, how does tenor singer Joel Wood sound? After listening to this project, I can honestly say he will fit in with the Mark Trammell Trio. Daniel Mount said he sounds like Keith Waggoner from the Liberty Quartet; I concur. He is a smooth tenor vocalist, whom I can’t wait to hear with MTT.
Bottom line: the Daybreak Quartet is an underrated group who have churned out a great tribute to the older songs of Southern Gospel music. And, as a bonus, the project is available for free download from the group itself through July 24. It is certainly one worth adding to your collection.