Father/Son duo Wilburn and Wilburn (Jonathan/Jordan) now have a couple of years under their belt and 2013 finds the release of the duo’s third album; Here Comes Sunday.
Here Comes Sunday offer the listener progressive Southern Gospel sounds with modern country overtones. The sound/style is similar to what listeners got with the duo’s previous effort, Family Ties.
Song list: (1) “Here Comes Sunday” – Lee Black, Jason Cox, Tony Wood (2) “Funeral Plans” – Linda Gibson-Johnson (3) “Joseph” – Don Poythress, Tony Wood (4) “Anybody Like Jesus” – Joseph Habedank (5) “I’m Bound For That City” – Albert E Brumley (6) “Every Scar” – Lee Black, Gina Boe, Jerry Salley (7) “Help Me” – Jimmy Yeary, Cledus T. Judd, Gary LeVox (8) “If These Old Walls Could Talk” – Jerry Salley, Dianne Wilkinson (9) “Man Like Me” – Dianne Wilkinson, Jimmy Yeary (10) “Heaven’s Jubilee” – George Speer (11) “Everything’s New” – Rebecca Peck (12) “Across The Miles” – Karen Ruth Staley
- Jonathan Wilburn gets to show off his soulful side with “Funeral Plans,” a song that reminds me of “When He Calls” or “I’m Rich” from his Gold City days
- Jordan has got a modern vocal quality that lends itself well to the more progressive tracks, which contrast interestingly with his dad’s more traditional approach.
- “Joseph” is easily the stand-out track on this project; I can see it fast becoming a “companion song” to another well-known modern Christmas classic.
- It was fun to hear Steve Ladd singing harmonies with Jonathan and Jordan on “Anybody Like Jesus,” a straight-up country tune.
- Lee Black is fast becoming one of the industry’s best songwriters. I have lost count the number of albums I reviewed over the last year where a Lee Black song was the stand out track on the recording.
- Such is the case with Here Comes Sunday. The modern country title track sets the mood for the entire recording. It is one of the best opening tracks (or songs for that matter) I’ve heard so far in 2013. It adds a slightly different telling of the resurrection story.
- Don Poythress and Tony Wood penned a stellar song with “Joseph”. The way in which this story is presented in song is not the type of song that would’ve been recorded in Southern Gospel music 20 years ago. The way Jonathan and Jordan trade-off on the verses also enhance the way in which the story is presented. This song is a must listen!
- The first single, “Man Like Me”, features Jordan and should do well for the duo. Jordan is also featured on the stand out up tempo song on the album, “Anybody Like Jesus”.
- “Heaven’s Jubilee” has been done by too many artists to list; as such, it is very difficult to come up with something new to offer to the Dad Speer favorite. Unfortunately, this appears to be the case with this recording.
- Ben Isaacs handles the production on this project, which initially piqued my interest with his recent work with the Gaither Vocal Band, The Oak Ridge Boys, and his family’s recordings, but the mixes on a few of the songs leave a bit to be desired.
- More song covers. Song covers have diluted the strength of several albums I reviewed this year. Here Comes Sunday features so-so covers of “Every Scar” (Talleys), “Funeral Plans” (Master’s Voice), “Heaven’s Jubilee” (classic) and “I’m Bound For That City” (classic). Is quality new material scarce enough that artists have to use so many covers?
- YES – Despite my feelings on the mixes, the strength of the songs and the quality of singing by both the younger and elder Wilburn make this one you will want to add to your collection. I also second Steve’s feelings on “Joseph.” Don’t be surprised to find this song on some “best of 2013” lists at the very least.
- YES – The strength of this recording outweighs the so-so song covers. “Here Comes Sunday”, “Joseph” and “Man Like Me” are three of the best songs I’ve heard in 2013.