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CD Review: The Ball Brothers – Breakthrough

December 19, 2009 By: Aaron Category: CD Reviews, SG Artists, SG Music, The Ball Brothers

Rating: 5 stars

Producers: Darren Rust & Jason Webb
Label: Song Garden Music Group
Website: www.theballbrothers.com

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The Ball Brothers is a group who has steadily gained popularity over the past few years. They first got attention when they were featured on Ernie Haase & Signature Sound’s Get Away Jordan DVD. They have since recorded several projects and expanded to four members by bringing in another brother to sing.

This latest outing features several original songs, as well as some older ones that have been given a fresh spin. For example, take “Everyday, Every Hour,” which has been recorded by the Gaither Vocal Band and The Cathedrals (the latter version being a recent conversation piece at Averyfineline.) The version that the Ball Brothers do here separates itself from others by adopting a jazzy sound, and it does well at standing on its own two feet. Other notable covers include “I Wouldn’t Miss Heaven” (an old Singing Americans song) and “Keep Me On The Wheel,” a Gold City song that gets a Take 6-esque treatment. The group also covers some more Contemporary fare with “Tell It Like It Is” and “Sometimes He Calms The Storm.”

The original songs here are great, too. “It’s About The Cross” show that the group is as adept at a slow, beautiful song as they are at a driving, faster one. “Forgiven” gives the group a more country style. “He Did What I Couldn’t Do” is definitely on the Progressive side of the spectrum, and is one of my favorites from the project. The album closes with another slower one with “I’ll Do Anything.”

Bottom line: The Ball Brothers is a great group that shows great promise. I see nothing wrong with giving this project a 5-star rating; the original songs found here are stellar, and the covers breathe new life into old songs.