Family Harmony: Nelons

nelons2016familyharmony (300x300)GRADE:  B+

  • Album – Family Harmony
  • Artist – Nelons
  • Label – Daywind Records
  • Style – Traditional, Progressive, Folk, Country
  • Release Date – 08/12/16
  • Available For Digital Download? – Yes (Apple Music)

SYNOPSIS:

This week we take a look at one of two new albums from the Nelons.  If one recording is tough for an artist to get out every year, how about releasing three recordings in one year.

In April, the Nelons released an EP of six songs titled Stronger Together.  On August 12th, the group released (2) nine song recordings that included the six songs from the April EP.  Today, we will take a look at Family Harmony.

If you want to read my review of the six song EP, you can go HERE.  This review will focus on the six new songs not included in the original EP.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • As we take a look at the six songs not found on the original EP, the stand out track on Family Harmony is the traditional country song, “Don’t Give Up On Me”.  Jason does an amazing job conveying the lyric on a song that may be too country sounding for Southern Gospel radio, but the best song on the album!
  • Eclectic can  be one way to describe the styles covered on Family Harmony.  From the country sounding, “Don’t Give Up On Me”, Autumn is proving she is as talented vocally as the rest of her family.  She proves that on the folk infused; “When Grandpa Sang Amazing Grace”.
  • Then you have Kelly featured on the progressive Southern Gospel ballad, “Greater Things”.  This is one song from Family Harmony that may find a home on Southern Gospel radio.
  • While I sometimes have problems with artists covering songs that have been recorded countless times before, when the cover is as good as Amber’s interpretation of the Dottie Rambo classic, “We Shall Behold Him”, it will definitely be regarded as a highlight.  This rendition will absolutely blow you away!!
  • With the eclectic mix of musical styles found on Family Harmony, the one distinction that keeps the album grounded in Southern Gospel is the harmony the Nelons possess.
  • Strongest songs included in order:  “Don’t Give Up On Me”, “Imagine Alleluia”, “When Grandpa Sang Amazing Grace”, “We Shall Behold Him”, “I Just Can’t Make It By Myself” and “Greater Things”.
CRITIQUE:
  • One classic song that tends to get over recorded is the Ira Stanphill song, “Suppertime”.  I would have found another classic to record in its place.
  • The idea of using three songs that were already included as part of an EP seems counter productive.
  • Weakest songs included in order:  “Suppertime” and “Days Of Jericho”.

WRAP UP:

The Nelons continue to prove why they are one of Southern Gospel’s best artists touring today.  Their vocal strength alone puts many other artists to shame.  I tend to enjoy trained vocalists show their capabilities and the Nelons do just that with Family Harmony.  Next week, I will take a look at Stronger Together to see which of the two new releases is better.

SONG/Featured Vocalist – Songwriter:  1. “I Just Can’t Make It By Myself”/Jason; Ensemble – Bill Gaither, Gloria Gaither, Suzanne Jennings, JD Miller  2. “Greater Things“/Kelly – Jason Clark, Dony McGuire, Reba Rambo McGuire  3. “Days Of Jericho”/Ensemble – Jason Clark  4. “Imagine Alleluia”/Amber – Jason Clark  5. “Suppertime”/Jason with Bill Gaither – Ira Stanphill  6. “When Grandpa Sang Amazing Grace”/Autumn – Wayne Haun, Barbara Huffman  7. “Don’t Give Up On Me”/Jason – Jimmy Yeary  8. “Songs That Answer Questions“/Ensemble – Bill Gaither, Gloria Gaither  9. “We Shall Behold Him”/Amber – Dottie Rambo

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3 thoughts on “Family Harmony: Nelons

  1. I’ll be honest I don’t like how they did this, with the release of an EP then using the same songs again. I feel they could have left EP and released a single 12 song album. But on the positive note these are great albums.

  2. There is incorrect information on this article for the songwriters on “Greater Things.” The songwriters are actually Jason Clark, Reba Rambo-McGuire and Dony McGuire.

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