Better Together: Gaither Vocal Band

GVBGRADE:  B-

  • Album – Better Together
  • Artist – Gaither Vocal Band
  • Label – Spring House Music Group
  • Style – Traditional, Progressive, Easy Listening
  • Release Date – 08/26/16
  • Available For Digital Download? – Yes (Apple Music)

SYNOPSIS:

This week we take a look at the new album from the Gaither Vocal Band; Better Together.  The album hit retail outlets on Friday (08/26/16).

The Gaither Vocal Band decided to give listeners song covers for the vast majority of Better Together.  The problem is most of these songs have been performed by the Homecoming Series more times than you can count.

Does Better Together stack up to the Gaither Vocal Band’s vast library of hit albums?  Lets find out.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • I had to get to the last song on the album to find one I would want to hit repeat; “Walk On The Water”.  This Bill and Gloria tune goes back to the 1980s and is the stand out track on Better Together.
  • Another classic up-tempo song that traditional quartet fans will love is “Moses Smote The Water”.  This, as most of the album, get the Gaither Vocal Band’s little something extra; all those nice oohs and aahs and little harmony moments.
  • Adam Crabb takes another up-tempo, fun song, with the group’s cover of the classic quartet number; “When He Set Me Free”.  This would make a strong radio single choice.
  • David gets a bit of a feature on the Ira Stanphill classic, “We’ll Talk It Over”.
  • If you’re going to record an album full of song covers, why not go back and pick up a 1970’s pop song from Carole King.  Bill and Todd trade-off the verses on “You’ve Got A Friend”.  Interesting choice.
  • As any listener would expect, the production value on Better Together is about as good as it gets.
  • Strongest songs included in order:  “Walk On The Water”, “When He Set Me Free”, “Moses Smote The Water”, “We’ll Talk It Over”, “Didn’t It Rain” and “You’ve Got A Friend”.
CRITIQUE:
  • I expected much more from the Gaither Vocal Band than what they provided listeners on Better Together.  There are no big features by any member of the group that fans of the Gaither Vocal Band have come to expect.
  • The choice of song covers boggles my mind.  How many times does “Working On A Building”, “Led Out Of Bondage” and “Dig A Little Deeper In God’s Love” have to be recorded.
  • Weakest songs included in order:  “But I Need You More”, “Led Out Of Bondage”, “Working On A Building” and “Dig A Little Deeper In God’s Love”.

WRAP UP:

When you think of Gaither Vocal Band albums such as Sometimes It Takes A Mountain, Pure And Simple and Greatly Blessed, you can’t help but be left disappointed with Better Together.  Will not be remembered as one of the Gaither Vocal Band’s strongest body of works.

SONG/Featured Vocalist – Songwriter:  1. “Working On A Building”/Ensemble; Adam – Traditional  2. “Led Out Of Bondage“/Todd – Bob Prather  3. “Heart O’ Mine”/Ensemble; Wes – Dallas Holm  4. “When He Set Me Free”/Adam – Joe Washington  5. “But I Need You More”/Ensemble; Todd – Gloria Gaither, George Poulton  6. “Dig A Little Deeper In God’s Love”/Ensemble – Kenneth Morris  7. “Moses Smote The Water”/Ensemble – Traditional  8. “We’ll Talk It Over“/Ensemble; David – Ira Stanphill  9. “Didn’t It Rain”/Adam; Todd – Traditional  10. “You’ve Got A Friend”/Bill; Todd – Carole King  11. “Better Together”/Ensemble – Chip Davis, Bill Gaither, Dony McGuire, Reba Rambo McGuire  12. “Walk On The Water”/Ensemble; Wes – Bill Gaither, Gloria Gaither

*Video Credit (Gaither Vocal Band – Topic)

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