They Don’t Know: Kingsmen

GRADE:  B

  • Album – They Don’t Know
  • Artist – Kingsmen
  • Label – Horizon Records
  • Style – Progressive, Traditional
  • Release Date – 04/14/17
  • Available For Digital Download? – Yes (Apple Music)
  • Running Time:  39 Minutes

SYNOPSIS:

This week we take a look at the new album from the Kingsmen, They Don’t Know.  The album’s release date was pushed back about three weeks, but is now available to the retail marketplace.

The Kingsmen are celebrating 25 years now with Crossroads and the Horizon records label.  To longtime Kingsmen listeners, They Don’t Know is the most progressive Southern Gospel recording the group has ever recorded.

This is also the first Kingsmen recording for new tenor vocalist, Joshua Horrell.  Have to also give a shout out to Ray Dean Reese for his nearly 50 years with the Kingsmen!

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Lee Black and Marcia Henry co-wrote the stand out track on They Don’t Know, “Hear The Word Of The Lord”.  The song features Bob and would make a great radio single choice.
  • The most traditional Southern Gospel friendly song on the recording is “Don’t Underestimate God’s Grace”.  Randy is featured on this mid-tempo number that should have had Ray featured on at least one verse of the song.  And it has some crying steel guitar!!
  • New tenor vocalist Joshua Horrell is given a chance to shine on They Don’t Know, given no less than three features.  His strongest is the progressive Southern Gospel ballad, “God Calls It Grace”.
  • Speaking of progressive, a good chunk of the album sounds like Brian Free and Assurance from ten years ago.  One such song is the album’s opening track and first radio single, “They Don’t Know (What The Lord Can Do)”.
  • The classic Ila Knight penned, “I’ll Sail Away Yonder” will keep traditional quartet fans happy.  You may also find yourself hitting the repeat button.
  • Can’t leave Randy out of the highlights.  His performance on the ballad, “The Evidence I Need” is a must listen.
  • Speaking of Randy, he penned “Fade To Black”.
  • Strongest songs included in order:  “Hear The Word Of The Lord”, “Don’t Underestimate God’s Grace”, “God Calls It Grace”, “I’ll Sail Away Yonder”, “The Evidence I Need”, “They Don’t Know (What The Lord Can Do)” and “Keep The Lions Hungry”.
CRITIQUE:
  • It is a travesty that long time, living legend, Southern Gospel hall of fame member, Ray Dean Reese didn’t even get one featured verse.  Shame!
  • A good portion of the album sounding like Brian Free and Assurance from ten years ago.
  • Weakest songs included in order:  “Legacy” and “Let Go And Hold Fast”.

WRAP UP:

Knowing it would be nearly impossible to follow-up their previous effort, Battle Cry, I applaud the Kingsmen and producer Jeff Collins for taking They Don’t Know in a different musical direction.  An album they can definitely be proud of.

SONG/Featured Vocalist – Songwriter:  1. “They Don’t Know (What The Lord Can Do)”/Randy – Jason Cox, Kenna West, Tony Wood  2. “Keep The Lions Hungry“/Ensemble; Bob – Regina Walden  3. “God Calls It Grace“/Joshua – Megan Mulnix, Logan Peck  4. “Hear The Word Of The Lord”/Bob – Lee Black, Marcia Henry  5. “The Evidence I Need”/Randy – Dave Clark, Jason Cox, Kenna West  6. “I’ll Sail Away Yonder”/Ensemble – Ila Knight  7. “Cost Of The Cross”/Bob – Kristi Fitzwater, Jerald Hill  8. “Let Go And Hold Fast“/Joshua – Regina Walden  9. “Fade To Black”/Joshua – Randy Crawford  10. “Don’t Underestimate God’s Grace”/Randy – Sandy Knight  11. “Legacy”/Bob – Barbara Fairchild, Marty Funderburk

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