Expanded Thoughts: Mark Bishop – “Fields Of Love”

I posted a comment on AVFL’s review of the new project from Mark Bishop with my overall thoughts on the album. This really is a great project. I’ve never been much of a Mark Bishop fan, but this is a really neat concept album. It’s similar to Brian Wilson’s upcoming That Lucky Old Sun album in that it intersperses songs with spoken interludes. With Mark’s country tinged voice, it also reminds you of the musical Oklahoma! with a Christian storyline.

Mickey Gamble stated in the comments that there will be radio releases from this album, which will be quite interesting as very few of the songs will stand alone. Even “Take Another Step”, which would probably be the best suited for a radio single, can stand on its own, but loses some of the punch of the message when it is taken out of the context of the broader story. With such limited radio options, it’s no wonder why Crossroads is hoping to cash in on the internet “viral” marketing sensation. It’s probably the best way to market this project.

While I’m still not the biggest Mark Bishop fan in the world, the album really is very good, and the guest vocals add a lot to it. The biggest positive is just the sheer gusto by all involved to go through with creating such a unique product, especially since the traditional means of marketing said product are basically going to have to fly out the window. There really is some artistic creativity in Southern Gospel music.

About Wes Burke
I'm a .NET developer and Southern Gospel music fan. Married with a wonderful family.

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