May 7, 2013 1 Comment
Ernie Haase & Signature Sound is one of the most polarizing groups in our industry today, but there’s no denying their immense popularity. This year marks 10 years since the group hit the scene running, and they’ve had immense success, especially after they hooked up with Gaither. They have released album after album to market success and critical acclaim, but one album seems to be forgotten in the group’s history, and I consider it to be one of their best: 2004′s Great Love. This was their second major label release, the first to feature Roy Webb and Ryan Seaton with Haase, Doug Anderson, and Tim Duncan, and the last to be on the now defunct Cathedral Records. While their following self titled album on Gaither’s label may have launched them to supergroup status, this album laid the groundwork for their meteoric rise. The title track is a glistening Lari Goss masterpiece reminiscent of Friends IV with close, tight harmonies. Goss’s epic arrangement of the Gaither classic “This Could Be The Dawning” found its way into the EHSS set list for quite a while, and for good reason, as did their version of the quartet standard “Will The Lord Be With Me.” The latter tune made for a great stage song around 2 vintage microphones. There is another great ballad toward the end of the disc called “When He Comes Again”, and another great classic quartet tune in “Down In My Soul.” The real gem on this album, though, is a pop flavored ballad sung by Doug Anderson called “Even Now.” Anderson’s vocal is flawless, and the harmonies that back him are fantastic. Easily hidden gem worthy, this song alone makes the album worth obtaining. If you’ve been a fan of EHSS from day one, you probably know how good this album is, but may have simply forgotten. If you’re on the other side of the EHSS spectrum, give this album a chance, as it features some great singing, very good material, and excellent arranging. Either way, Great Love is still a great listen.