- Album – Family Affair
- Artist – Barry Rowland & Deliverance
- Label – Skyland Records
- Style – Traditional
- Release Date – 10/14/14
- Available For Digital Download? – Yes (iTunes/Spotify)
Sorry for the brief hiatus this week, but life happens sometimes that takes us away from our hobbies. I’m back today with one of the final album reviews of 2014. This was the first album I have reviewed from Barry Rowland & Deliverance; Family Affair.
Some may ask what has taken me so long to review an album by Barry Rowland & Deliverance, considering this is the sixth album released by the trio. I really don’t have an explanation for that so I will attempt to rectify it with a review of Family Affair.
If any of my readers are not familiar with Barry Rowland, I know you are familiar with the name Kyla Rowland. Kyla is one of Southern Gospel’s greatest songwriters and Barry is Kyla’s son. Barry is joined by his wife Tammy and vocalist Shawn Rupert to make up the trio Deliverance.
- Right from the start, what I enjoy about the style of Barry Rowland & Deliverance is they remind me a lot of the ‘high energy’ type artists from the late ’80’s/early ’90’s. Also, if Southern Gospel listeners were familiar with the Rowlands during this same era, the sound of Family Affair is pure Rowland.
- The album starts with a song the Rowlands recorded in the early ’90’s; “Our Third Day”. This up tempo number gets the listener ready for the rest of the album. I even found myself hitting repeat before continuing to the rest of the album.
- Another Rowlands song from the early ’90’s, “I Think I’ll Just Go With God” is another stand out track. The song features Tammy and is a mid-tempo style song that is reminiscent of the songs being released in Southern Gospel music in the early ’90’s. More recently this particular song was covered by Master’s Voice on their New Grace album.
- Another song in the same style is “Telling The Story”. This song would make a great radio single choice. This is a newer song penned by Kyla and most recently was recorded by the Sneed Family.
- A vocalist that performs with Kyla, by the name of Robin Rogers gets two features on Family Affair; “Glorious Night” and “Because”. The latter is the stronger of the two ballads.
- The album is book-end by two up tempo songs. The closing track is “This Jordan”. The song features Kyla’s grand daughters and most Southern Gospel listeners will remember this song from Mercy’s Mark debut album.
- Strongest songs included in order: “Our Third Day”, “I Think I’ll Just Go With God”, “Telling The Story”, “Somebody Go Get God”, “This Jordan”, “Heaven Is Waiting” and “Because”.
- The pacing of the album has ten mid to slow tempo songs book-end by two up tempo numbers. As a result, mid way through the album the listener is waiting for another up tempo number to mix it up a bit and the album doesn’t deliver that.
- Matriarch, Kyla Rowland gets one feature on Family Affair. She is featured on “How Blessed”, which many will know the Bowling Family’s recording of this song on their album Shine. I would have preferred one more song featuring Kyla than the several that features the children.
- Weakest songs included in order: “Tell Me The Story Of Jesus” and “A Family Affair”.
Even though I have not reviewed any of their prior albums, I have been familiar with Barry Rowland & Deliverance since their Prior To A Prayer album. Their style and approach would appeal to listeners of groups such as the McKameys, Inspirations, Primitive Quartet and any long time listener familiar with the original Rowlands. An enjoyable listen!
SONG/Featured Vocalist – All songs written by Kyla Rowland: 1. “Our Third Day”/Ensemble 2. “How Blessed“/Kyla Rowland 3. “I Think I’ll Just Go With God”/Tammy 4. “A Family Affair”/Kyla’s grand-daughter Bella; Shawn – co-written by Jessica Thomas 5. “Somebody Go Get God”/Shawn – co-written by Jessica Thomas 6. “Tell Me The Story Of Jesus”/Kyla’s grand daughters (Abby, Jenna, Bella) – Traditional (PD) 7. “Glorious Night”/Robin Rogers 8. “Purpose”/Kyla’s grand-daughter Abby 9. “Telling The Story”/Ensemble; Shawn – co-written by Jessica Thomas 10. “Because”/Robin Rogers 11. “Heaven Is Waiting”/Tammy 12. “This Jordan”/Ensemble
**Thanks to Jessica Thomas for providing updates to vocalist features on Family Affair.