- Album: Mercy & Love
- Artist: Collingsworth Family
- Label: Stow Town
- Style: Traditional; Progressive
- Release Date: 09/07/18
- Digital Download: Yes (Apple Music)
- Running Time: 63 Minutes
Today, we take a look at the new album from the Collingsworth Family; Mercy & Love.
The Collingsworth Family have been Singing News readers favorite mixed group for six years running and will probably take a seventh a couple weeks from now.
Mercy & Love doesn’t stray from what listeners have already come to expect from this family. The Collingsworth Family have six vocalists (Phil Sr, Kim, Brooklyn, Phil Jr, Courtney, Olivia) that usually trade-off in various trio vocal combinations.
- The first half the album outweighs what listeners get on the second half.
- The up-tempo title track was the song that stands out and should be chosen as a radio single. “Mercy And Love” is a definite must listen from the recording.
- Marty Funderburk and John Mathis have a winner in “God Still Delivers”. I enjoyed the mixed quartet arrangement given the song. I wish the orchestration wasn’t so overpowering.
- Kim, Courtney and Olivia come together to give listeners a great Southern Gospel ballad, “Altar Of Grace”.
- Which goes into the big choral production of the Jeff Bumgardner co-write, “The Lamb”. I imagine this song will land in a few choir’s Easter songbooks. This is the kind of song that made the Collingsworth Family popular.
- Kim and Brooklyn trade verses on another big production song, “Magnify Him”.
- Courtney and Olivia offer the poignant, “Do You Know The Savior”. I enjoyed the simple arrangement and musical accompaniment compared to most of the recording, which is over orchestrated.
- Don’t want to leave the review without mentioning what may be Phil Jr’s best vocal performance to date, “Bring It Broken”. Add this to your must listen list.
- Strongest songs included in order: “Mercy And Love”, “God Still Delivers”, “Altar Of Grace”, “The Lamb”, “Do You Know The Savior”, “Magnify Him”, “Bring It Broken” and “Live Like Jesus”.
- The Collingsworth Family must have not gotten the Stow Town memo of new albums having nine songs (see Erwins/Taylors).
- The over orchestrated bombastic sounds on the closing piano solo should be reserved for a Liberace style Vegas show. Too much.
- The album clocks in at 1 hour and 3 minutes. The last two songs alone account for 13 minutes of that run time.
- Why would you open a new album with two song covers?
- Weakest songs included in order: “We Shall Behold Him (Piano Solo)”, “It Runs In The Family” and “Casting Our Crowns At His Feet/Worthy The Lamb”.
I have been patiently waiting for that one Collingsworth Family album to blow me away. Sadly Mercy & Love is not that album. Long time listeners of the group should find several songs that would make great additions to your playlists.
SONG (tempo)/Featured Vocalist – Songwriter: 1. “It Runs In The Family” (Fast)/Ensemble – Kirk Talley, Daryl Williams 2. “For What Earthly Reason” (Slow)/Kim; Brooklyn – Dottie Rambo 3. “God Still Delivers” (Mid)/Phil Sr; Phil Jr; Kim; Brooklyn – Marty Funderburk, John Mathis Jr 4. “Magnify Him” (Slow)/Brooklyn; Kim – Kirk Talley 5. “Mercy And Love” (Fast)/Courtney – Randall Garland, Rachel McCutcheon 6. “Altar Of Grace” (Slow)/Kim; Olivia; Courtney – Gina Boe, Rachel McCutcheon, Sue C Smith 7. “The Lamb” (Slow)/Ensemble – Jeff Bumgardner, Wayne Haun, Joel Lindsey 8. “Live Like Jesus” (Fast)/Phil Jr – Rebecca Peck, Dianne Wilkinson 9. “Your Ways Are Higher Than Mine” (Slow)/Courtney – Rachel McCutcheon 10. “Awesome Power Of Prayer” (Fast)/Brooklyn – Marcia Henry, Rachel McCutcheon 11. “Bring It Broken” (Slow)/Phil Jr – Wayne Haun, Tony Wood 12. “Do You Know The Savior” (Slow)/Courtney; Olivia – Karen Gillespie, Rachel McCutcheon 13. “Casting Our Crowns At His Feet/Worthy The Lamb” (Slow)/Ensemble; Brooklyn; Phil Sr – Gordon Jensen, Gloria Gaither, William Gaither 14. “We Shall Behold Him” (Slow)/Kim, Piano Solo – Dottie Rambo