Joshua 24:15: Jordan Family Band

GRADE:  B

  • Album:  Joshua 24:15
  • Artist:  Jordan Family Band
  • Label:  Skyland Records
  • Style:  Progressive, Modern Country
  • Release Date:  03/10/17
  • Digital Download:  Yes (Apple Music)
  • Running Time:  44 Minutes

SYNOPSIS:

This week we take a look at the new album from the Jordan Family Band, Joshua 24:15.  I was introduced to the Jordan Family Band’s music with their 2015 release, Better Days.

The family is composed of father Joshua Jordan (acoustic/bass guitar, harmony vocals), mother Randa Jordan (piano, alto/lead vocals), Hutch Jordan (banjo/drums/lead guitar, harmony vocals), Alex Jordan (mandolin, tenor/lead vocals) and Grant Jordan (harmony vocals).  The boys are aged 17 (Hutch), 12 (Alex) and 10 (Grant) respectively.

I am always impressed with family bands who have live music in the concert setting.  The Jordan Family Band’s style is mainly traditional/modern country with some progressive Southern Gospel overtones.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Jeremy Medkiff took producing duties for Joshua 24:15.  The production value of the recording is stronger than the group’s first.  You can here his touches all over the album.
  • The latest single from the album, “Our Time To Shine”, is the strongest song on the recording.  It also kicks off the album.  I wish we got more of this type sound on the rest of the album.  It really showcases the family’s country harmony/sound.
  • Eldest son, Hutch Jordan rarely takes a lead when performing with the family.  He shines on the Phil Cross/Joshua Jordan co-write, “Remember The Ember”.  A reflective song for the listener.
  • Randa Jordan is the central vocal point to the group’s sound.  One of her best is the feature on “My God Is Faithful”.  This has some Appalachian sounds that would sound right at home with the McKameys.
  • I’m not surprised the record label chose “The Day” as the first single from the recording.  It is the most Southern Gospel friendly song on the album; following the progressive Southern Gospel mold.
  • Father, Joshua Jordan, wrote/co-wrote every song on Joshua 24:15.  He also has a great traditional country vocal which is no more evident than on the song, “Better Than I Used To Be”.
  • Strongest songs included in order:  “Our Time To Shine”, “Remember The Ember”, “My God Is Faithful”, “Better Than I Used To Be”, “Heart Healer”, “The Day” and “I’ve Got You Covered”.
CRITIQUE:
  • The biggest problem with modern country sounds is lack of musical variety.  The arrangements tend to sound so similar it is hard to distinguish between songs.
  • As you notice above, I will start listing running time of all albums I review.  44 minutes for an eleven song recording brings about listening fatigue.  Have songwriters stopped writing good up-tempo songs to help pace an album better?
  • Weakest songs included in order:  “How Much The More” and “Joshua 24:15”.

WRAP UP:

The Jordan Family Band are two albums into their recording career and I enjoy what I’m hearing from this family.  Following in the family band tradition/style of groups like Jeff & Sheri Easter should allow them a lengthy career.

SONG/Featured Vocalist – Songwriter:  1. “Our Time To Shine”/Randa – Joshua Jordan  2. “I’ve Got You Covered“/Randa – Joshua Jordan  3. “Better Than I Used To Be“/Joshua – Joshua Jordan  4. “The Day”/Randa – Joshua Jordan  5. “It’s A Big Big World (But I’ve Got A Big Big God)”/Alex; Grant – Phil Cross, Joshua Jordan  6. “My God Is Faithful”/Randa – Joshua Jordan  7. “I Miss Them All”/Joshua – Joshua Jordan  8. “How Much The More“/Randa – Joshua Jordan  9. “Joshua 24:15″/Alex – Joshua Jordan  10. “Remember The Ember”/Hutch – Phil Cross, Joshua Jordan  11. “Heart Healer”/Randa – Joshua Jordan, Randa Jordan, Jeremy Medkiff

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