- Album – Some People Change
- Artist – Michael English
- Label – Curb Records
- Style – Progressive, Modern Country, Blues
- Release Date – 03/26/13
- Available For Digital Download? – Yes (iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody)
Michael English, Some People Change, made its way to retail on 03/26/13. This is the first English solo recording since the 2008 album, The Prodigal Comes Home.
Michael English creates an album that Southern Gospel listeners will enjoy. The styles covered on Some People Change run from progressive Southern Gospel to modern country to blues to pop.
Russ Taff, Crystal Lewis, Wes Hampton, Mark Lowry, David Phelps and the Martins lend their background vocals on several selections.
- Michael English continues his recording career with Curb Records with the release of Some People Change. Edit: Jay DeMarcus along with Benjy and Bill Gaither (“I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”) produced this new effort for English.
- The stand out track is a song sung with conviction, “Stubborn”. This song conveys a feeling that I believe every one of us has felt at some point in our lives. By the time the song is finished you believe, as a listener, that Michael has also lived the song.
- The pop infused “Waking Up The Dawn” was another stand out. The varying styles found on Some People Change make this one of the best albums I’ve heard in a long time in regards to pacing. When I got through listening I was surprised that I just listened to a solo artist recording.
- Blues artist Jonny Lang lent his songwriting talents on the song, “On That Great Day”. Michael’s voice fit these blues style songs to perfection. Another blues style song, “Come To The River” also deserves a listen.
- While many listeners will feel a disconnect with English recording the Hank Williams classic, “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” on a Gospel album, I think it was a perfect placement to come after the song “Stubborn”. Whether that was intended or not, it fit.
- Strongest songs included in order: “Stubborn”, “Waking Up The Dawn”, “Come To The River”, “On That Great Day”, “Some People Change” and “I Ain’t Givin Up On Jesus”.
- I think the bigger disconnect may come with the recording of the pop song, “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)”. This was a pop hit for Aretha Franklin and George Michael back in the ’80’s.
- Another English cover of “In Christ Alone” was not needed. There was no new treatment given to this particular version.
- Weakest songs included in order: “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)”, “In Christ Alone” and “I’d Rather Have Jesus”.
Some People Change was a surprise for this listener. I was expecting the normal CCM style solo recordings we got from Michael in the past. Instead the listener is given a more country flavor, with blues, pop and some progressive Southern Gospel thrown in. English’s fans should love this recording and there is enough on this album to give the Southern Gospel listener a reason to make a place for this album in their iPod. I am happy with the caliber of albums I have had a chance to listen/review so far in 2013. It is shaping up to be a great year for album releases!
SONG (style) – SONGWRITER: 1. “I Ain’t Givin Up On Jesus” (country) – Benjamin Hayslip, Troy Olsen, Jimmy Yeary 2. “Come To The River” w/Russ Taff (blues) – John Lowry, Doug McKelvey 3. “I’d Rather Have Jesus” (progressive SG) – Rhea Miller, George Beverly Shea 4. “Some People Change” (country) – Michael Dulaney, Jason Sellers, Neil Thrasher 5. “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)” w/Crystal Lewis (pop) – Simon Climie, Dennis Morgan 6. “On That Great Day” w/Martins (blues) – Jonny Lang, Drew Ramsey 7. “In Christ Alone” (progressive SG) – Shawn Craig, Don Koch 8. “I Wouldn’t Take Nothing For My Journey Now” w/Hampton, Lowry, Phelps (blues) – Jimmie Davis, Charles Goodman 9. “Waking Up The Dawn” (pop) – Michael Farren, Jennie Lee Riddle 10. “Stubborn” (progressive SG) – Don Schlitz 11. “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” (country) – Hank Williams