Life Is Good: Hoppers

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  • Album – Life Is Good
  • Artist – Hoppers
  • Label – Daywind Records
  • Style – Progressive
  • Release Date – 09/30/16
  • Available For Digital Download? – Yes (Apple Music)

SYNOPSIS:

This week we take a look at the latest album from the Hoppers; Life Is Good.  The album has been four years in the making.  This is the first album of new music from the Hoppers since Count Me In (2012).

Life Is Good will take the listener back to the days when the Hoppers were releasing the best music in Southern Gospel music.  Remember albums like Forever Settled and Power.

In addition to Dean, Kim, Connie and Claude; Karlye has more of a vocal role in Life Is Good than any other Hopper album up to this point.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The Hoppers already had a successful #1 hit with “Jesus, The One” before the album was released.  This power house Paula Stefanovich song will be one of the best recorded songs of 2016.
  • You follow that up with the newest single, “If We Ever Gotta Look”, which is destined to top that charts as well.  I can’t get this song out of my head lately.  It is a constant member of my current musical playlists.  A must listen.
  • Connie gets the feature on the new Ronny Hinson, country flavored, “Grace Will Get To You”.  Thank God, Connie is still recording awesome music with the group.
  • Another Paula Stefanovich tune, “Song Of Moses”, comes near the end of the album.  Another triumphant song of victory! I may have hit repeat on this particular number.
  • Dean and Karlye each take a verse on the up-tempo, “By And By”.  Before you think it is a cover of a classic, it is not.  This is a brand new song from the pens of Jason Cox and Kenna West.
  • Connie closes the album on a song that each one of us can reflect on; “Before The Sun Goes Down”.  Connie sings with such conviction that you can’t help but believe what she is singing.
  • Karlye has her strongest song to date on Life Is Good with “My Ransom”.  You can hear a little of a young Kim Hopper in this reflective song.
  • Strongest songs included in order:  “Jesus, The One”, “If We Ever Gotta Look”, “Grace Will Get To You”, “Song Of Moses”, “By And By”, “Before The Sun Goes Down”, “My Ransom” and “Life Is Good”.
CRITIQUE:
  • After hearing the Hoppers (Claude) perform “Never Grow Old” at NQC, I wish he would’ve recorded that on Life Is Good instead of “Until You’ve Known The Love Of God”.
  • Weakest songs included in order:  “Until You’ve Known The Love Of God” and “Brethren We Have Met To Worship”.

WRAP UP:

The Hoppers will be celebrating 60 years in Southern Gospel music in 2017.  Claude and Connie have been there since the beginning.  How fitting that Life Is Good will help celebrate that 60th anniversary by ranking among the best albums the group has released in their recording career.

SONG/Featured Vocalist – Songwriter:  1. “Jesus, The One”/Kim – Paula Stefanovich  2. “Life Is Good“/Ensemble – Tommy Conners, Don Poythress, Brian White  3. “Grace Will Get To You“/Connie – Ronny Hinson  4. “Walk Two”/Kim – Adina Bowman  5. “Brethren We Have Met To Worship”/Ensemble – Traditional  6. “If We Ever Gotta Look”/Ensemble – Phil Cross, Tery Wilkins  7. “Until You’ve Known The Love Of God”/Claude – Rusty Goodman  8. “Song Of Moses“/Kim; Dean; Connie – Paula Stefanovich  9. “My Ransom”/Karlye – Philip Madeira, Cindy Morgan  10. “By And By”/Dean; Karlye – Jason Cox, Kenna Turner West  11. “Before The Sun Goes Down”/Connie – Suzanne Gaither Jennings; Michael Sykes

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One thought on “Life Is Good: Hoppers

  1. Thanks for your review. I have not gotten this album yet, but will. On the latest single you have featured here “If We Ever Gotta Look”, I hear Mike Hopper singing the low part ………. and he probably is singing on some other cuts as well. His name is not noted (at the time of this reply on 10/7/16) and Mike indeed is off the drums and on the front line singing more than ever as well as running tracks and video, etc. Sounds like a home run from the Hoppers again. Good singing, good people. Life is Good. Reggie

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