Review: Booth Brothers – Let It Be Known

This is the latest Daywind release from the Booth Brothers.  Michael Booth, Ronnie Booth, and Jim Brady combined their talents with producer Lari Goss once again, as they did on their previous release, Declaration.

Tracks:

  1. First John –  This Lari Goss penned tune opens the project acappella.  It’s very reminiscent of “The Gospel Song” from Declaration and just as thrilling.  If there’s one thing the Booth Brothers know, it’s harmony and this song is Exhibit A. 10/10
  2. See What A Morning – Contributed by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend, this song is given a mid to uptempo celtic feel.  Once again, this tune would have sounded right at home on Declaration.  Northern Ireland’s trio Revelation also recently recorded this song, but the Booth Brothers’ version is significantly faster paced and a bit more fully developed.  It’s a tremendous performance and arrangement that really brings some high energy in a concert setting.  10/10
  3. She Still Remembers Jesus’ Name – Melody Goodman wrote this tender ballad that Ronnie Booth sings to perfection.  The chorus to the song features the trademark smooth Booth Brothers harmonies.  Anyone who has had a loved one suffer from dementia or Alzheimer’s will easily identify with the lyrics of this song.  It is the first single from the CD, and while I am a bit surprised at the choice, the subject matter will probably resonate with more than enough radio listeners to make it very successful.  9/10
  4. He’s So Good To Me – Another Lari Goss penned tune, this song was originally recorded by the Goss Brothers, and more recently has been done by the Talley Trio.  It’s an upbeat number to get toes tapping and makes for a great concert opener.  8.5/10
  5. When You Bow At Jesus’ Feet – Track 5 gives us the first Jim Brady penned tune on the disc.  It’s a soft, inspirational ballad featuring Jim.  I’ve always said there is something special about a writer singing his own song, especially when the writer is a vocalist the caliber of Brady.  Lyrically, the song is an encouragement to Christians to lay their guilt of past mistakes at the feet of Christ.  “Defined no longer by your failures, you’ll find strength in letting go.”  What a thought.  Love this song.  10/10
  6. Since Jesus Came – Jim Brady also contributed this song, which is done in the style of the Mills Brothers.  Michael and Ronnie Booth cite the Mills Brothers as big influences on them, so they asked Jim to write a song in that style to allow them to pay tribute to the group.  This is a really enjoyable song that is even better live, as they do it around 2 mics.  The name of this game is SMOOTH.  9/10
  7. Masterpiece of Mercy – Rodney Griffin and Jim Brady teamed up to write this tune.  It’s a slower, acoustic driven song that features Ronnie Booth.  Ronnie really excels at this style, with a country/mountain ballad feel.  His voice just oozes emotion when he sings.  This is a really pretty song.  8.5/10
  8. Let It Be Known – This is a flowing, 6/8 tune from Jim Brady, Sue Smith, and Barry Weeks.  The song talks about the call on our lives to let Christ’s gospel be known to everyone we come in contact with daily.  There are some interesting chord progressions in the chorus, and they come to a total stop at the end of the bridge.  They come back in with a new key.  It’s a neat effect.  There’s some really nice swirling harmonies on the tag.  Solid song. 8.5/10
  9. The Master’s Table – Rebecca Peck sent this midtempo that has a bit of a minor feel to it.  The trio is featured on the first verse, with Ronnie Booth taking a couple of solo lines in the second verse.  The song has a similar feel and tempo as the GVB’s classic “Yes I Know.”  The emphasis here is on the lyric about the sufficiency of Christ and on the incredibly smooth blend.  It’s an easy, laid back type of song.  8.5/10
  10. Bread On The Water – From easy and laid back to Southern Gospel Ska.  This is a cover of the Imperials hit from 1977 written by Bill and Jan Grein.  If you’re familiar with the classic rock tune, “Walkin’ On Sunshine”, this arrangement borrows quite heavily from that tune.  Brass, heavy percussion, and electric guitars rule this track.  It’s big time energy and is a GREAT cover of the Imperials classic.  The Booth Brothers are well known for pushing the envelope from time to time.  This one knocks the envelope off the desk and I love it!  10/10
  11. What About Now – This song was written by Jim Brady, Barry Weeks, and Tony Wood.  It features a long, acoustic guitar intro with some strings added toward the end.  Michael Booth takes the slow, flowing acoustic ballad.  Michael’s voice lends the genuineness that this lyric demands.  I’ve alluded to this lyric before, and it is quite possibly the most in your face, challenging lyric I’ve ever heard.  As Michael sings, “I’m not here to judge, or to cause any doubt,  just want you to look at the faith you live out.”  That’s immediately followed by “It’s not about a prayer you repeated one time, joining a church or tears that you’ve cried.”  The message of the song is to challenge the listener to evaluate their spiritual journey.  Are you the listener growing in your walk with God, or are you totally depending on something that happened years ago.  As the last line says “Not just somewhere in your past somehow, what about now?”  This is a song and a message that the church needs to hear, as it seems that we as a body of believers seem too content to rest on our initial salvation experience, with no desire to grow in our spiritual walk or to be conformed to the image of Christ.  We are called to become perfect, just as Christ is perfect.  We will never get there completely, but we are to strive for that goal every day.  This song expresses that perfectly, and is truly a sermon set to music.  The disc then concludes with a wordless acappella reprise of the theme from “First John” that lends a fitting closure to the disc.  Possibly the easiest 10 I’ve ever rated for a song.  10/10

Overall:  10.  We all have learned by now what to expect from the Booth Brothers.  Great song selection, terrific smooth harmonies, and timely messages lyrically.  This CD sonically is a step back from the epic sounds of Declaration, but in doing so it creates a CD that is a much easier listen.  However, the scaled back musical arrangements in no way take away from the strength of the messages contained therein.  Michael Booth warned me before I listened to this CD for the first time that it was “all over the map” stylistically.  He was right, there’s a huge variety in styles: from country to Celtic, to whatever you want to call “Bread Upon The Water”, and everything in between.  To this reviewer anyways, I find this to be more an asset than a distraction.  Much like I’ve stated before with the Crist Family’s recordings, the variety of styles that can be performed at an expert quality by the Booth Brothers is one of the group’s greatest strengths.  Virtually anyone can find something they like on a Booth Brothers CD.

I debated about whether this CD should get only the second overall 10 I’ve ever given or not, but the strength of “What About Now” makes it more than deserving of the highest rating that I can give.  Producer Lari Goss and the Booth Brothers have produced a CD that features great messages, incredibly tight vocal performances, the Booths’ trademark smooth blend, and a CD that should lend itself to repeated listens.  The CD officially releases tomorrow, and you’ll definitely want to add this to your short list of CDs to pick up!

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

5 Responses to Review: Booth Brothers – Let It Be Known

  1. “Defined no longer by your failures, you’ll find strength in letting go.” – Not till I read this review did I realize the thematic similarity between this line and the standout line from “I See Grace.”

  2. I thought about it and gave it five. I gave _Declaration_ 4.5 when I reviewed it for southerngospelblog. Even though the song selection may have been a little stronger on _Declaration_, I think I find this one easier to enjoy.

  3. Indeed, …My first reaction to “The Master’s Table” was Yes I Know. Same pace, similarity in the melody.

  4. Pingback: CD (mini) Review: Booth Brothers – Let It Be Known « Coomer Cove

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