OVERALL RATING: 7.80
- Creativity/Originality = 7.5
- Lyrical Content = 8.5
- Production = 8
- Song Selection = 7.5
- My Recommendation = 7.50 (10 song average)
I became familiar with the Dills music in 2004 when I first saw the group in concert. This mixed quartet has a sound reminiscent of the Nelons of the 1980′s. The group released their newest recording, God Is In Control, on 03/28/11.
If you’ve not been introduced to the Dills, the group consists of brothers Tim Dill (Lead) and Shawn Dill (Tenor/Pianist) and their wives Bridget Dill (Soprano) and LeeAnn Dill (Alto).
God Is In Control is a collection of 10 songs, the majority being covers of previously released music. The first single from the recording is the opening track. “Rise Again” is the Dallas Holm classic that was a huge hit for Dallas Holm & Praise in the late ’70s. The Dills turn a solid performance of this cover and it is one of the strongest songs on the recording.
The title track, “God Is In Control” is next in line for strongest song on the recording. The group has a video of the song on YouTube of which they are trying to get one million hits. Check it out here. The up-tempo selection “These Hands” would do well at radio and Tim turns in a fine performance of the somber “It’s Only The First Time” (Kim Patton/Michael Puryear).
The group makes a bold choice by covering two songs that many listeners in Southern Gospel would relate to David Phelps. “The Prayer” and “End Of The Beginning” don’t quite pack the musical punch found in the Phelps versions, but I give the Dills props for attempting two tough covers.
The Dills are one of the rising mixed groups in Southern Gospel music. While they yet to have that signature hit song, they are producing quality Southern Gospel music they can be proud of. God Is In Control is available via iTunes. So go ahead and get some Dills music added to your iPod. You’ll be glad you did.
SONG LIST: 1. “Rise Again” 2. “You Reign” 3. “God Is In Control” 4. “If You Had Only Seen Me Then” 5. “The Church Will Remain” 6. “The Most Unlikely People” 7. “These Hands” 8. “The Prayer” 9. “It’s Only The First Time” 10. “End Of The Beginning”