- Creativity/Originality = 8
- Lyrical Content = 9
- Production = 8.5
- Song Selection = 7.5
- My Recommendation = 7.95 (10 song average)
A lot will be said about the new Gold City album over the course of the next several weeks. Somebody’s Coming landed at online retailers today via digital download and will be available regular retail outlets on 11/15/11. This album is the first new release for Gold City since 2008′s Moment Of Truth. Personnel snags have held back the release of this recording on several occasions and the final song list even changed from the original.
The vocal line up found on Somebody’s Coming is Dan Keeton (Tenor), Jerry Pelfrey (Lead), Daniel Riley (Baritone) and Tim Riley (Bass). So, let’s get to the little nugget of truth everyone wants to know. Was all the hype surrounding Somebody’s Coming and its final release worth it?
The huge power anthem “Lord Of Life” (Phillip Keveren/Tony Wood) was an instant stand out to this new recording. Featuring new lead singer Jerry Pelfrey, his power and delivery on this song lands him as someone to watch. He was an added vocal asset to Gold City. If this particular line up has some time to gel, I believe Jerry will be ranked among Southern Gospel’s top lead vocalists.
Dan Keeton is not the power tenor that long time Gold City listeners are familiar with. While missed on certain areas of Somebody’s Coming where that added power punch was needed, Dan turns in a nice smooth tenor feature on “Leave That Burden” (Jim Brady/Barry Weeks/Tony Wood). This would make a great radio single and should become a favorite of listeners.
Slick production work is expected with a Gold City recording and that is found on Somebody’s Coming. Musically, Somebody’s Coming picks up where Moment Of Truth left off. As with Moment Of Truth, Somebody’s Coming has several ‘hard driving’ country melodies most notably on the title track and “Showers Of Blessings”. The latter is a stand out track and should also be a radio single choice.
“Somebody’s Coming” has a really nice country track with a piano turn around that wasn’t long enough. This song has already been recorded in the mainstream country music market. This would make a really enjoyable live concert song.
Somebody’s Coming has some noticeable misses. The lack of bass and tenor features was recognizable. Tim gets a small feature on “I Get Down” (Jeff Pearles/Jerry Salley) and Dan on “Leave That Burden”. Outside of that the listener is left with picking up the tenor and bass in the mix. I was also surprised with the choice of first single; “Peter, James And John”. Musically, it fits Gold City but the song is missing something. ”Showers Of Blessings” would have made a better first single choice.
When something is hyped, the final result can be disappointing. Somebody’s Coming falls into that category at times. At other times, the recording really steps it up and shows the potential this new Gold City line up can create. The second half of the recording is heads above the first half of the recording in terms of song selection and vocal delivery. When all is said and done, Somebody’s Coming does whet the listener’s appetite for more of what this line-up is capable of musically. It should fit into Gold City’s discography nicely.
SONG LIST: 1. “Peter, James And John” 2. “I Get Down” 3. “Footprints On The Water” 4. “It Won’t Be Long” 5. “Showers Of Blessings” 6. “Lord Of Life” 7. “Somebody’s Coming” 8. “Leave That Burden” 9. “I Have An Anchor” 10. “Never Too Broken To Belong”