In The Hands Of A Carpenter: Legacy Five

legacyfive2016carpenterGRADE:  B+

  • Album – In The Hands Of A Carpenter
  • Artist – Legacy Five
  • Label – Daywind Records
  • Style – Traditional, Progressive
  • Release Date – 11/11/16
  • Available For Digital Download? – YES

SYNOPSIS:

Today we take a look at the new album from Legacy Five; In The Hands Of A Carpenter.  The album hit retail on Friday November 11th, 2016.

January will mark 17 years for Legacy Five in providing listeners a mix of traditional and progressive Southern Gospel music.

The 2016 edition of the group is composed of Josh Feemster (tenor), Scott Fowler (lead), Scott Howard (baritone), Matt Fouch (bass) and Trey Ivey (pianist).

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Lee Black is one of the best songwriters in Southern Gospel music right now.  He contributed to four of the songs on In The Hands Of A Carpenter, including the title track.
  • Speaking of the title track, “In The Hands Of A Carpenter” is the best song on the album.  Pianist Trey Ivey is featured on this country flavored song that is one of the best recorded songs of 2016.  A must listen!
  • Scott Fowler has the feature on the first single from the album, “Still”.  Another Lee Black co-write that should do well for the group in regards to chart success.
  • Fowler also has the feature on the Wayne Haun/Joel Lindsey penned, “I Trust The Cross”.  Southern Gospel music will never stop writing songs about the cross!
  • The other Scott, Howard, always tends to have a slower reflective type song on Legacy Five albums.  That doesn’t change with this latest effort in the song, “Lost In God’s Grace”.
  • Newest tenor vocalist, Josh Feemster, is allowed to show off a bit on the up-tempo, “Soul Pilot”.  Another Lee Black co-write that will have you hitting repeat.
  • I can’t leave this review without mentioning the final Lee Black co-write, “Grace Will Find You”.  Scott Fowler interprets this ballad that allows the listener to immediately connect to the message conveyed in the song.
  • Strongest songs included in order:  “In The Hands Of A Carpenter”, “Still”, “I Trust The Cross”, “Grace Will Find You”, “Lost In God’s Grace”, “Soul Pilot” and “When I Survey The Wondrous Cross”.
CRITIQUE:
  • Bass vocalist Matt Fouch is left with one feature that really doesn’t showcase his talent.  Can we get at least one more feature on future albums.
  • The album could have used at least one more up-tempo song to counter some of the somber ballads found on the recording.
  • Weakest songs included in order:  “Who Knew” and “What All The Shoutin’s About”.

WRAP UP:

I thoroughly enjoyed this newest effort from Legacy Five.  I will make a bold statement and say that In The Hands Of A Carpenter may be the best Legacy Five album in the post Roger Bennett era.

SONG/Featured Vocalist – Songwriter:  1. “Deep In My Heart”/Ensemble – Scott Inman  2. “In The Hands Of A Carpenter“/Trey – Lee Black, Jerry Salley  3. “I Trust The Cross“/Scott – Wayne Haun, Joel Lindsey  4. “What All The Shoutin’s About”/Josh – Rebecca Peck, Dianne Wilkinson  5. “Still”/Scott – Lee Black, Joel Lindsey  6. “Who Knew”/Matt – Janice Crow  7. “Soul Pilot”/Josh – Lee Black, Jason Cox  8. “Lost In God’s Grace“/Scott H – Rebecca Peck, Jerry Salley  9. “Grace Will Find You”/Scott – Lee Black, Kenna West, Tony Wood  10. “When I Survey The Wondrous Cross”/Ensemble – Traditional

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2 thoughts on “In The Hands Of A Carpenter: Legacy Five

  1. Wow, Steve! Thanks for the kind words. I think I’m going to bookmark this page so I can come back and read it when I’m having a bad day.
    🙂

  2. Good review Steve. I see nothing here that I disagree with! I like this new lineup, and see good things down the road for these guys.

    Fun fact about this album. L5 had actually cut “One Holy Lamb” to be added to this album. The title song came along late in the process and they felt like they absolutely had to cut it. However that meant one song had to go…

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