Just Sing, flatfooted*
While we’re taking a gander at gospel groups dredging up 1970s tunes, here’s GVB covering “One Voice,” which is - oddly enough, given that it’s a Barry Manilow song - a casebook example of one of those stand-and-deliver performances of flatfooted virtuosity that gospel types love to rave on about (this “flatfooted” bidness is on my mind because I recently had to explain to a non-sg friend of mine that noting when a group comes out on stage and nails their set flatflooted is a compliment to talent unadorned - for the most part anyway - by gimmickry of various sorts). The rest of medley of old standards, which get the Full Gaither Treatment, ain’t bad either.
*Actually it’s kinda nice to hear them struggle with some of the note placements in the big staggered ending (though to be fair, it’s mostly English struggling and the rest of them trying to keep their vocal balance whilst he wobbles). Given the plastic-furniture quality of so much digitally canned gospel music out there these days, it’s getting to the point where the only way to know you’re hearing something even remotely resembling an honest-to-gawd live song - and not some stratospherically stacked work of illusory vocal architecture ginned up by the sound guy’s finger on the backing-track slider - is to encounter a few earnest flaws and honest flubs. Which isn’t to say there’s no track in the mix here, just that it’s not so overpoweringly present that the live experience gets tracked to death.Email this Post