Go read this review
Whether you’re interested in Guy Penrod’s new album or not, go read Kyle Boreing’s review of the project. It’s one of the best reviews from the southern gospel blogosphere I’ve read in a really long time (and no, I’m not just saying that b/c it’s been so long since I posted a review). Money quotes:
I can see why Guy would be hesitant to go all-out country right off the bat; he has amassed legions of fans over his 14 years with the Gaither organization, and it would not be the wisest move to alienate a built-in audience. Still, lyrics like “Somebody’s gonna teach him ’bout the birds and bees / Drinkin’ beer and smokin’ things” could be interpreted in a number of ways (either as teaching a son that it’s wrong, or simply teaching him HOW to it). Perhaps the easiest way to explain it is “message music.”
The artwork has a semi-sepia tone to it, not quite grayscale, but not quite color, and that’s probably the best way to describe the album….not all-out gospel, but not quite all-out country, either.
Exactly. It can be harder than you might think to capture the way an album does or does convey a certain feeling about itself, beneath or beyond what each song sounds like. It’s rewarding to read a review that manages to connect what’s going on at the surface with underlying dynamics - in this case, a certain persistent bereftness about musical identity, style, and where home is or can be that seems more or less directly linked to Penrod’s professional (mis)fortunes of late. Good job, Kyle.Email this Post