Resurrection: Joseph Habedank

GRADE:  B+

  • Album – Resurrection
  • Artist – Joseph Habedank
  • Label – Daywind
  • Style – Progressive
  • Release Date – 03/10/17
  • Available For Digital Download? – Yes (Apple Music)

SYNOPSIS:

Joseph Habedank is working on four years since becoming a solo recording/touring artist.  His years spent with the Perrys built a nice fan base for his solo career.

2017 marks the fourth album released from Joseph Habedank on the Daywind Records label.  Resurrection is the first album of new music from Habedank since 2014 (Welcome Home).

This newest effort is 100% progressive Southern Gospel music.  Habedank also contributed to all ten songs found on Resurrection.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Joseph Habedank has a depth to his voice that is rarely seen among Southern Gospel solo artists.  His power and the brightness in his vocals capture your attention from the first note.
  • Right out of the gate, “Here He Comes” sets the tone for the entire album.  A nice mid to up tempo song that Daywind chose as the first single.  The nearly one minute theatrical musical score felt out-of-place at the beginning.
  • To counter, I thought the ‘James Bond-esque’ musical score to open “Jailbreak” was awesome.  It also highlights one of the best songs on the entire album.
  • The most Southern Gospel friendly song on Resurrection is the up-tempo, crowd pleaser, “Devil Can’t Dance”.  I was not surprised to see Jimmy Yeary as co-writer of this particular number.
  • The big theatrical score should have been at the beginning of the album’s final song, “Long Live The King”.  It fits the song better than “Here He Comes”.  This is also a strong choice for radio single possibilities.
  • A nice retrospective ballad, “I Love You (From An Old Rugged Cross)” is a song that should not be overlooked.
  • Strongest songs included in order:  “Jailbreak”, “Here He Comes”, “Long Live The King”, “Devil Can’t Dance”, “I Love You (From An Old Rugged Cross)”, “Dead Things” and “I Believe In The Resurrection”.
CRITIQUE:
  • The only thing that may have added to the appeal of Resurrection is doing a vocal collaboration on a song or two.
  • Weakest songs included in order:  “Say The Name”.

WRAP UP:

There is no doubt Resurrection by Joseph Habedank will be among the best Southern Gospel albums released in 2017.  In fact, it is one of the best Southern Gospel albums by a solo artist I’ve heard in quite a while.

SONG (Style – All Songs Classify as Progressive Southern Gospel) – Songwriter:  1. “Here He Comes” – Chris Cron, Joseph Habedank, Tony Wood  2. “Jailbreak” – Gerald Crabb, Joseph Habedank  3. “Just When You Thought” – Michael Farren, Joseph Habedank, Wayne Haun  4. “I Believe In The Resurrection” – Lee Black, Joseph Habedank, Tony Wood  5. “Middle Man” – Lee Black, Joseph Habedank, Megan Sorrelle Mulnix  6. “Devil Can’t Dance” – Joseph Habedank, Jimmy Yeary  7. “I Love You (From An Old Rugged Cross)” – Joseph Habedank, Wayne Haun, Joel Lindsey  8. “Dead Things” – Benji Cowart, Joseph Habedank, Kenna West  9. “Say The Name” – Michael Farren, Joseph Habedank, Tony Wood  10. “Long Live The King” – Joseph Habedank, Krissy Nordhoff, Tony Wood

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