All Things New – Gordon Mote

gordonmote2013thingsnewGRADE:  B+

  • Album – All Things News
  • Artist – Gordon Mote
  • Label – New Haven Records
  • Style – Progressive, Modern Country
  • Release Date – 08/27/13
  • Available For Digital Download? – Yes (iTunes)

 

SYNOPSIS:

August 27th, 2013 was a big day for Southern Gospel album releases as three new Southern Gospel albums made their way to listeners.  You’ll get a review of all three.

The first is All Things New by Gordon Mote.  From the many years spent as a studio musician in Nashville, Gordon has assembled a star-studded line-up to help him out on All Things New.

The album is country to the core in terms of style with some progressive Southern Gospel moments.  Some of the individuals brought in to provide background vocals include Trace Adkins, Sheryl Crow, Gaither Vocal Band, Joyce Martin, Scotty McCreery, Kimberly Mote, Darius Rucker, Josh Turner, Voices Of Lee and Matthew West.

2013 has been the year of the solo artist recording.  There have been several strong solo artist album releases (Jason Crabb, Michael English, Devin McGlamery) and Gordon Mote wants to join that club with All Things New.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • All Things New starts off with the two strongest songs on the album.  The title track is a nice modern country up tempo number that should be sent to radio.
  • The first single, “Faith Like That”, is a progressive Southern Gospel ballad that listeners of Mote’s music should be familiar.  It is a must listen.
  • Two more progressive Southern Gospel songs deserve a listen.  They include “Meanwhile Back At The Cross” and “God Of New Beginnings”.  I particularly enjoy the message conveyed in “Meanwhile Back At The Cross”.
  • Gordon Mote picks up the tempo on a ‘hard driving’ country tune, “Down By The River”.  Having Trace Adkins back him up on this song only adds to its country appeal.  The country duet, “On The Other Side”, with wife Kimberly is also a winner.
  • All Things New is unlike most Southern Gospel solo artist recordings in that there is so much variety, the listener doesn’t tire of hearing the same voice on the entire recording.  The production value is about as good as an artist can ask for.  Also, hearing Gordon do his own piano work is outstanding.
  • Strongest songs included in order:  “All Things New”, “Faith Like That”, “Meanwhile Back At The Cross”, “Down By The River”, “God Of New Beginnings”, “On The Other Side” and “Do You Believe In Love”.
CRITIQUE:
  • The only critique I have is in terms of stylistic choices.  “The Main Event” is a pop flavored tune reminiscent of something Randy Newman would record for a Disney movie.
  • The other is the praise and worship treatment given to “For You”.
  • Weakest songs included in order:  “The Main Event” and “For You”.

 

WRAP UP:

Gordon Mote gives listeners a buffet of musical moments that even the harshest of critics would find hard not to enjoy.  All Things New should find a place on year-end lists when the best Southern Gospel album releases of 2013 is revealed.

SONG/(Style) – Songwriter:  1. “All Things New”/(Modern Country) – Gordon Mote, Michael Puryear, Kenna Turner West  2. “Faith Like That“/ (Prog SG) – Jim Brown, Don Sampson  3. “Ain’t It Just Like The Lord”/(Country) with Joyce Martin Sanders and Paul Sanders – Lee Black, Jason Cox, Kenna Turner West  4. “Meanwhile Back At The Cross”/(Prog SG) with Voice Of Lee – Chip Davis, Douglas Johnson, Kim Williams  5. “The Main Event”/(Pop) – Kyle Matthews  6. “Broken Open”/(Prog SG) – Kyle Matthews, Gordon Mote, Frank Rogers  7. “God Of New Beginnings”/(Country) – Don Poythress, Sue C Smith, Kenna Turner West  8. “Down By The River”/(Country) with Trace Adkins and Gaither Vocal Band – Alan Anderson, Mac McAnally  9. “Sound A Dream Makes”/(Country) – Shana Canada, Gary Duffey, Gordon Mote  10. “On The Other Side”/(Country) with Kimberly Mote – Michael Boggs, Jason Coz  11. “Do You Believe In Love”/(Country) with Sheryl Crow, Scotty McCreery, Darius Rucker, Josh Turner and Matthew West – Rich Moore, Joel Parisien, Mark Rogers, Joshua Toal  12. “For You”/(Prog SG) with Kimberly Mote, Samantha Mote and Voices Of Lee – Jason Cox, Gordon Mote, Sue C Smith, Kenna Turner West  13. “When I Rise”/(Prog SG) with Voices Of Lee – Boyd Hoops 

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