What A Moment: 11th Hour

11thhour2016whatamomentGRADE:  A-

  • Album – What A Moment
  • Artist – 11th Hour
  • Label – Sonlite Records
  • Style – Progressive
  • Release Date – 02/12/16
  • Available For Digital Download? – Yes (Apple Music/Spotify)

SYNOPSIS:

One of Southern Gospel music’s fastest rising trios is 11th Hour.  Considering this is only the fourth album release from the group, they have already racked up 6 top ten hits, including their recent first #1; “Jesus Is In The House”.

The group’s fourth album, What A Moment, hit retailers on Friday February 12th.  The trio is composed of Amber Eppinette (Lead/Soprano), Grant Gibson (Lead/Baritone) and Jaquita Lindsey (Alto/Harmony).

11th Hour continues their progressive Southern Gospel style, a style they’ve had since the beginning.  A style reminiscent to the classic Martins style from the 1990’s.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • I believe the production value on What A Moment, is the best 11th Hour has provided listeners thus far.  We can thank Jeff Collins and engineers Scott Barnett and Van Atkins for the sound produced on this album.
  • Amber takes center stage on most of the album’s best songs.  The stand out song is “He Welcomes The Beggar”.  Amber contributed in the co-write of the song with Jason Cox and Kenna West.  This stand out ballad could give 11th Hour their second #1 hit.
  • The group just garnered their first #1 song with “Jesus Is In The House”.  What A Moment contains a song that has a similar feel and features Amber.  You have to give “Look At Me Now” a listen.  This specific style and 11th Hour fit together nicely.
  • It may seem like I am singling out Amber, but she chose the best songs on the album to be featured.  “When God Shows Up” is another monster ballad from the pens of Lee Black, Kenna West and Dianne Wilkinson.  How can you lose with a songwriting team of that caliber?  Another potential radio single possibility.
  • Alto vocalist Jaquita Lindsey has a stand out number that she penned; “I Trust”.  A nice reflective ballad that Jaquita interprets perfectly.  A great close to the recording.
  • I can’t leave Grant out as he turns in a strong performance on another ballad, “Love Still Holds Our Scars”.  Christ is love.  Christ bore our sins with scars inflicted upon him.  Therefore, Love holds those scars as a reminder of His sacrifice.
  • The ballads definitely stand far above the up-tempo songs on What A Moment.  Next to “Look At Me Now”, the strongest up-tempo song is the Dianne Wilkinson penned, “Can You Burn”.  Some awesome trio harmony work on this particular number.
  • Strongest songs included in order:  “He Welcomes The Beggar”, “Look At Me Now”, “When God Shows Up”, “I Trust”, “Can You Burn”, “Love Still Holds Our Scars” and “Mountain Moving Faith”.
CRITIQUE:
  • The up tempo songs on What A Moment doesn’t stand up to the strength of the big Southern Gospel ballads.
  • Weakest songs included in order:  “Bound” and “He’s Alive And So Am I”.

WRAP UP:

If you’re a Southern Gospel listener and haven’t added 11th Hour to your musical playlists, I may have to pull your Southern Gospel listener card.  What are you waiting for?  11th Hour is releasing some of the best Southern Gospel music you will hear right now.  11th Hour has now set the bar for 2016 Southern Gospel album releases.

SONG/Featured Vocalist – Songwriter:  1. “Mountain Moving Faith”/Amber – Rachel McCutcheon, Tery Wilkins  2. “Look At Me Now“/Amber – Greg Freeman, Babbie Mason  3. “Love Still Holds Our Scars”/Grant – Dixie Phillips, Sharon Phillips  4. “Bound”/Jaquita – Dixie Phillips, Sharon Phillips  5. “He Welcomes The Beggar”/Amber – Jason Cox, Amber Eppinette, Kenna West  6. “He’s Alive And So Am I”/Grant – Regina Walden  7. “When God Shows Up”/Amber – Lee Black, Kenna West, Dianne Wilkinson  8. “Can You Burn”/Ensemble; Amber – Dianne Wilkinson  9. “Ain’t No Bones”/Grant – Sandy Knight  10. “I Trust”/Jaquita – Jaquita Lindsey

*Video Credit (#11thHour)

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One thought on “What A Moment: 11th Hour

  1. I enjoy 11th Hour a bunch, but I would love to hear it be more of an ensemble and less Karen Peck & New River in terms of solo divvying. Regardless of who the best singer is, I get bored hearing the same singer soloed on multiple songs. I prefer their earlier recordings to the past few.

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