The Lord Is Good – Collingsworth Family

collingsworthfamily2013lordisgoodGRADE:  B+

  • Album – The Lord Is Good
  • Artist – Collingsworth Family
  • Label – Stow Town Records
  • Style – Traditional, Progressive
  • Release Date – 09/10/13
  • Available For Digital Download? – Yes (iTunes, Rhapsody)

 

SYNOPSIS:

The Collingsworth Family have become the premier mixed group in Southern Gospel music over the last several years.  Last week, the family gave Southern Gospel listeners two new albums.  One was a hymns album and the other is this new mainline release; The Lord Is Good.

The Collingsworth Family have been around long enough now that they have created a sound that is all their own.  They mix traditional Southern Gospel sounds with the progressive sounds of today.

How does The Lord Is Good stack up to the Collingsworth Family’s body of work?  Let’s find out.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Phillip produces his best vocal work on The Lord Is Good.  The stand out track on the album is the ballad, “How Great His Love For Me”.  This is the standard Collingsworth tune that rely on power vocals to really bring the song to a close.
  • If you listen to the song long enough you may actually get a few cavities.  “Show A Little Bit Of Love And Kindness” is so sugary sweet, but it works.  You can’t help but continue singing this song long after it ends.
  • Courtney steps up and pulls off a stellar cover of Kirk Talley’s, “If He Hung The Moon”.  The was always one of my favorite Talley tunes.  I was glad to see it resurrected.  Courtney also has another stand out performance on the up tempo, “My Debt Was Paid”.  This song would make a strong radio single choice.
  • Brooklyn and Phillip get a strong duet with “There Is Healing In His Hands”.  This Linda Allred tune is a must listen.
  • Kim proves every album that she is not only one of Southern Gospel music’s most talented pianists, but a great vocalist as well.  Her smooth alto vocal delivers “God Is Moving” with sincerity.  A great worship style tune.
  • Strongest songs included in order:  “How Great His Love For Me”, “Show A Little Bit Of Love And Kindness”, “If He Hung The Moon”, “My Debt Was Paid”, “God Is Moving”, “There Is Healing In His Hands” and “I’ve Come Here To Tell You That The Lord Is Good”.
CRITIQUE:
  • Every song on this album is strong in terms of lyric.  A few fell flat in terms of arranging.  I don’t particularly care for the Harry Connick Jr style given to “It’s Not Too Late To Pray”.
  • While providing Southern Gospel listeners another strong recording, I don’t think The Lord Is Good quite reaches the caliber of their last two efforts (Part Of The Family and The Answer).
  • Weakest songs included in order:  “We Will Serve The Lord” and “It’s Not Too Late To Pray”.

 

WRAP UP:

There is no denying the Collingsworth Family have become the premier mixed group in Southern Gospel music.  They continue to provide Southern Gospel listening audiences with quality music that will keep them at the top.  While The Lord Is Good is not as strong as Part Of The Family and The Answer, it is still one of the better albums you’ll get in Southern Gospel music in 2013.

SONG/Featured Vocalist – Songwriter:  1. “I’ve Come Here To Tell You That The Lord Is Good”/Ensemble; Brooklyn – Kirk Talley, Daryl Williams  2. “It’s Not Too Late To Pray“/Phillip; Courtney – Rebecca Peck, Dianne Wilkinson  3. “Show A Little Bit Of Love And Kindness”/Ensemble; Olivia – John W Peterson  4. “If He Hung The Moon”/Courtney – Kirk Talley  5. “We Will Serve The Lord”/Ensemble; Phil – Jeff Bumgardner, Wayne Haun, Joel Lindsey  6. “There Is Healing In His Hands”/Phillip; Brooklyn – Linda Allred  7. “My Debt Was Paid”/Courtney – Karen Gillespie, Rachel McCutcheon  8. “God Is Moving”/Kim – Jon Abel, Lee Black, Chad Cates  9. “Living In Love With The Lord”/Ensemble – Rachel McCutcheon  10. “It Matters To The Master”/Olivia – Rachel McCutcheon  11. “How Great His Love For Me”/Phillip – Jeff Bumgardner, Joel Lindsey  12. “I Could Never Outlove The Lord”/Ensemble – Gloria Gaither, William Gaither 

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7 thoughts on “The Lord Is Good – Collingsworth Family

  1. I love the Collingsworth family. I’m ever amazed at how 6 vocalists produce a sound so wide you would think they were more than 6. One question, does Philip Jr get a feature on this album?

  2. He does have a few and on “How Great His Love for Me (with Love Found a Pardon)” it’s the best solo for Phillip Jr. bar none. If you don’t download the entire album at least download that one song. It’s more than worth it.

  3. Seems like the Collingsworth covers are all starting to look the same. Maybe it’s the overly-matched clothes or the logo that never changes. And I’m losing interest in them.

    1. Is it the CD covers or song covers that are making you lose interest, and are you losing interest in the group or the CD covers?

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