Moments Like These: Bowling Family

Bowling FamilyGRADE:  A-

  • Album – Moments Like These
  • Artist – Bowling Family
  • Label – Daywind Records
  • Style – Progressive, Country
  • Release Date – 10/16/15
  • Available For Digital Download? – Yes (Apple Music)

SYNOPSIS:

After recording independently for the last four years, the Bowling Family is releasing their first album with Daywind Records.  Moments Like These goes back to the mixed trio vocal configuration the group had from the beginning.

This is the first full album from the Bowling Family to feature Hope on Soprano, moving Kelly to the Alto.  Hearing Kelly sing alto makes you wonder if she was a natural alto all along.  The richness it brings to the group’s sound is a must listen.

Moments Like These goes back to the country sound the group had on their hit 2010 recording, Shine.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Lyn Rowell and Tony Wood penned one of the best recorded songs of the year in “I Believe He’s Alive”.  This song of power and triumph, that Mike absolutely commands, needs to be considered for radio.  Wow!  You have to give this song a listen.
  • I enjoy the musical variety found on Moments Like These.  After performing a song of power like “I Believe He’s Alive”, Mike turns in a fun performance on the Cajun country-style, “God Likes Working In The Midnight Hour”.
  • Kelly seems to have a song every album that just slaps you in the face with its poignant message.  Such is the case with the song, “Even When You’re Asking Why”.  To understand the mind of God is futile.  Just knowing he is with us in every situation is the comfort we need in those moments we ask why.
  • Another Kelly feature that deserves a listen is the modern country flavored, “Mourning To Dancing”.  This song compliments “Even When You’re Asking Why” nicely by reminding the listener there are moments when we need to turn our mourning to dancing.  While easier said than done, music is that universal method that we can press play on a particular song and actually turn our mourning in to dancing.
  • Hope Bowling continues to vocally mature every album.  Her first feature to be sent to radio, “One Glorious Moment Of Faith”, will give this young lady her first top ten song.
  • The album kicks off with the up-tempo, “Praise God He Is Alive”.  I first remember hearing this song from the Jody Brown Indian Family about a decade ago.  The Bowling Family found a great concert song opener with this number.
  • I don’t want to leave this review without mentioning another song that Mike conveys, “I Was There”.  This country-style story in song reminds the listener that God is there in every moment of our lives.
  • Strongest songs included in order:  “I Believe He’s Alive”, “Even When You’re Asking Why”, “God Likes Working In The Midnight Hour”, “Mourning To Dancing”, “I Was There”, “Praise God He Is Alive” and “One Glorious Moment Of Faith”.
CRITIQUE:
  • Since Mike and Kelly feature all three daughters in concert, I was surprised they didn’t have a song on the new album.
  • The Bowling Family cover a classic that dates back to the late 1970’s, “I’ve Got My Foot On The Rock”.  I never cared for this song, no matter who has recorded since.
  • Weakest songs included in order:  “I’ve Got My Foot On The Rock”.

WRAP UP:

The more I listen to Moments Like These, the bolder I become in saying this could be the best album the Bowling Family has released to date.  It would have to top Shine, and while it may not quite match that caliber, it gets close.  One of the most enjoyable Southern Gospel listens of the year for this reviewer.  Look for this recording on my annual countdown of Southern Gospel’s best albums.

SONG/Featured Vocalist – Songwriter:  1. “Praise God He Is Alive”/Mike – Harvey Smith  2. “One Glorious Moment Of Faith“/Hope – Jessica Austin, Kyla Rowland  3. “I Was There”/Mike – Adam Kohout, Tery Wilkins  4. “Mourning To Dancing”/Kelly – Joseph Cortese  5. “I Believe He’s Alive”/Mike – Lyn Rowell, Tony Wood  6. “Even When You’re Asking Why”/Kelly – ??  7. “I’ve Got My Foot On The Rock”/Mike – Lavanul Sherrill  8. “God Is Always Good”/Hope – ??  9. “God Likes Working In The Midnight Hour”/Mike – ??  10. “Our First Hallelujah There”/Kelly – ??

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