- Album – Love Is A Verb
- Artist – Devin McGlamery
- Label – Stow Town Records
- Style – Traditional, Progressive, Blues
- Release Date – 05/21/13
- Available For Digital Download? – Yes (iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody)
I have been thoroughly pleased with the slate of albums that have been released thus far in 2013. That trend continues with the release of Devin McGlamery’s solo album, Love Is A Verb.
Being lead singer for Ernie Haase and Signature Sound is not Devin’s first quartet rodeo. He got his start as lead singer for the Dixie Melody Boys and would also spend time with Karen Peck and New River.
Many times when a quartet singer does a solo album, they tend to see how far outside what listener’s are used to create something edgy. Devin does not do that with Love Is A Verb. All twelve songs on this album could easily be sung with quartet arrangements.
- Devin stays true to traditional Southern Gospel quartet music with one of the strongest songs I have heard all year; “As Long As You Will Walk With Me”. This big ballad would easily be a monster hit for any quartet. Here’s hoping this song becomes a radio hit for Devin.
- The choice for first single from Love Is A Verb is another stand out track. “From My Rags To His Riches” is another traditional Southern Gospel tune with a slight country flavor.
- Devin decided to include the song in which he is featured on Signature Sound’s current album, Glorious Day. “That’s Why” is the best song on that new Signature Sound album and Devin was wise to include it on this solo recording.
- Devin also decided to cover a couple Southern Gospel classics. He tackles the Cathedrals “In The Depths Of The Sea” with precision. He also gets some help from Russ Taff on the quartet classic, “Up Above My Head”. Both songs are highlights.
- Strongest songs included in order: “As Long As You Will Walk With Me”, “From My Rags To His Riches”, “That’s Why”, “In The Depths Of The Sea”, “Up Above My Head” and “Love Is A Verb”.
- Devin attempted to cover another Southern Gospel classic with “When He Was On The Cross”. The problem with this track was more in the arrangement than the performance.
- The easy listening style tune, “I Tasted Your Water”, also felt out-of-place among all the standard Southern Gospel type songs.
- Weakest songs included in order: “I Tasted Your Water”, “When He Was On The Cross” and “Hold On, Help Is On The Way”.
I have been pleasantly surprised by the caliber of solo albums released thus far in 2013. Jason Crabb and Michael English have already released two of the best albums of the year. I would be as bold to state that Love Is A Verb would rank higher for me than Signature Sound’s recent release of Glorious Day, and that album was no slouch. If nothing else, do yourself a favor and grab the strongest songs I included in the review. You won’t be disappointed.
SONG (Style) – SONGWRITER: 1. “Love Is A Verb”/featuring Beyond The Ashes (Blues) – Dennis Bowling 2. “Hold On, Help Is On The Way” (Progressive SG) – Amy Foster, Michael Harland 3. “In The Depths Of The Sea” (Progressive SG) – Carolyn Cross, Phil Cross 4. “From My Rags To His Riches”/featuring Dailey and Vincent (Country) – Ernie Haase, Wayne Haun, Joel Lindsey 5. “I Will” (Progressive SG) – Steven Carey, Wayne Haun, Joel Lindsey 6. “I Tasted Your Water” (Easy Listening) – Marcy Anna Each 7. “While I Still Can”/featuring Karen Peck and New River (Traditional SG) – Diane McDougal, Greg McDougal, David Speegle 8. “As Long As You Will Walk With Me” (Traditional SG) – Wayne Haun, Joel Lindsey 9. “Up Above My Head”/featuring Russ Taff (Traditional SG) – Rosetta Tharpe 10. “Waiting At Home” (Progressive SG) – Cindi Ballard, Wayne Haun 11. “When He Was On The Cross” (Easy Listening) – Ronny Hinson, Mike Payne 12. “That’s Why”/featuring Signature Sound (Traditional SG) – Mike Bowling, Marty Funderburk, Wayne Haun