- Album – The Favorite Hymns Of Fanny Crosby
- Artist – Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
- Label – Stow Town Records
- Style – Traditional, Progressive
- Release Date – 05/06/16
- Available For Digital Download? – Yes (Apple Music/Spotify)
Ernie Haase and Signature Sound are consistent with trying to get one new album out per year. 2016 gives listeners a tribute album with the group re-recording eight of Fanny Crosby’s most loved compositions.
On several selections, Signature Sound tend to add fresh arrangements while other selections try to stay true to the original interpretation of the song.
Will a hymns recording be strong enough to add to your musical playlists? Lets find out.
- The freshest and most different arrangement is found on “Redeemed How I Love To Proclaim It”. If you’re a listener of folk rock group, The Lumineers, you are familiar with their song, “Ho Hey”. Well, Signature Sound lend their own Hey, Ho to the chorus of the song. This is my favorite selection from the recording.
- I enjoyed the Celtic feel of the opening track, “Praise Him Praise Him”. I’m sure you’ve heard this song performed countless times over the course of your lifetime. This arrangement lends to a new listening experience.
- Signature Sound’s take on Fanny’s most well-known composition, “Blessed Assurance” gives the listener an arrangement that hearkens to Tennessee Ernie Ford. It is fitting that Paul Harkey is featured on the first verse.
- I have to give kudos to the art director of the group’s album covers. The stand out appeal of a good album cover can draw your attention before you even give the album a listen. The color palette used in most of Signature Sound’s album covers should be commended.
- I was happy the group kept the album to only eight songs as to not tire out the listener on songs that have been heard hundred of times before.
- Strongest songs included in order: “Redeemed How I Love To Proclaim It”, “Blessed Assurance”, “I Am Thine Oh Lord/Draw Me Nearer”, “Pass Me Not O Gentle Savior” and “Praise Him Praise Him”.
- As an artist, you always paint yourself in to a corner when attempting a hymns recording. You are re-recording songs that have already been heard hundred of times before. Being able to add fresh touch is tough. The group was able to accomplish that with nearly half the recording.
- Weakest songs included in order: “Jesus Keep Me Near The Cross/In The Cross” and “He Hideth My Soul”.
From a production stand point, The Favorite Hymns Of Fanny Crosby is one of the best albums you’ll hear all year. The only thing that may keep you away is that it is a collection of songs heard countless times before. I would give the songs the group added fresh arrangements to a listen. You won’t be disappointed.
SONG/Featured Vocalist – Songwriter: 1. “Praise Him Praise Him”/Ensemble; Devin – Chester Allen, Fanny Crosby 2. “Redeemed How I Love To Proclaim It“/Dustin – Fanny Crosby, William Kirkpatrick 3. “Pass Me Not O Gentle Savior”/Ensemble – Fanny Crosby, William Doane 4. “Jesus Keep Me Near The Cross/In The Cross”/Ernie – Fanny Crosby, William Doane 5. “Blessed Assurance”/Paul; Ernie – Fanny Crosby, Joseph Knapp 6. “I Am Thine Oh Lord/Draw Me Nearer”/Devin – Fanny Crosby, William Doane 7. “He Hideth My Soul”/Ernie – Fanny Crosby, William Kirkpatrick 8. “Tell Me The Story Of Jesus”/Paul; Ensemble – Fanny Crosby, John Sweney
*Video Credit (Ernie Haase & Signature Sound – Topic)