Hi, all, Sher here with a change of pace for the new year–music. Considering how much music in general means to me, I’m surprised I haven’t posted about it more often. I’ve mentioned music to write to but never just because I love it, harmony in particular. I’m one of those people who goes around singing all day. Not loud, just soft. But still… Anyway, I couldn’t resist the chance to review an album by a group I loved the first and only time I ever heard them in person, Mercy River. Even the name is sweet music to my ears. In case you haven’t ever heard them, here’s a song from their last album, Higher.
Nice! Now let’s get to the promotional material for Come Alive before my review. Bet you can’t guess how much I loved it!
On the heels of their hit album Higher, Mercy River is back with mesmerizing harmonies and upbeat vocal arrangements. Their new album features inspirational favorites and original songs that highlight the talents of this singing sisterhood.
Sing It Out
How Deep the Father’s Love For Us
Walk You Through the Night
Who I Am
Reason For the World
Walking On Sunshine
Today is my turn to review Come Alive, so let’s get on with it:
The first time I listened to Come Alive by Mercy River, I loved the harmonies and catchy tunes. With any music, I love to sing along with the alto line. But during the third song, I couldn’t sing because . . . well, I cried. Music that touches my heart does that to me. “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us,” brought me to tears almost as much from the layered vocals and haunting Celtic violin-laced arrangement as from the lyrics. Then I was fine for the next few songs, enjoying the melodies and picking out the harmony lines, feeling alternately happy, inspired, jazzed, and ready to tackle the world.
Since I was driving a long distance, I immediately replayed the album and tried to listen closer to the words. The second time around, “Walk You Through the Night” got to me with the whole mother/child/forever family theme. Tears again, followed by more picking out harmonies, until “Holy Ground” made me cry, followed by more inspiration. The album ends with a fun rendition of “Walking on Sunshine.” I tried to replicate the “whooping” sound—you’ll know it when you hear it. On the way back home, I replayed the album multiple times and never got tired of it. Since then, I’ve listened to the CD every time I go somewhere, and I’m still not tired of it.
What would I improve? During certain songs (to my hearing), the lower lines could be strengthened to better accent the awesome melodies. That’s all. A matter of playing up the harmony a bit more because, if my ears don’t deceive me, Mercy River is all about harmony. I’ve loved their blend ever since I first heard them at Time Out for Women.
In Come Alive, the accompaniment was also impressive. It varied as much as the vocals and supported the themes to perfection. In fact, Come Alive has an awesome mix of moods and vocals for almost any occasion. I don’t think I’ll ever take it out of my CD player—until the next album comes out. 5 stars because I’m not ready to create more stars.
About Mercy River
With 13 children between them, it’s amazing that Whitney Permann, Brooke Stone, and Soni Muller have time for anything other than runny noses, sock hunts, and prying suckers off the van floor. But music has been a part of each of their lives since childhood, and is now a strong presence in their homes.
The three friends met while singing in the Jenny Phillips Choir and there found a common love for tight harmonies and sharing the gospel through song. Over the past five years, Mercy River has traveled all over the United States and Canada as a highly sought after ensemble, performing for thousands of people while testifying of the Savior. Each member of the group brings several years of experience performing, writing, and directing hundreds of firesides and concerts—as well as recording on dozens of inspirational albums.
Their self-titled debut album was released in May 2008. “Beautiful Dawn,” was released in March of 2010. Their third album, “Higher” was released with rave reviews in February 2012. Mercy River is back with mesmerizing harmonies and upbeat vocal arrangements in “Come Alive”.
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Please take the time to scroll down to the last post where I’m giving away a box of my used books for the Clear Your Shelf Giveaway Hop. I hope you’ll come back on Wednesday for my list of favorite children’s books from 2013, picture books up through YA. No giveaway, just some great reads to enchant you and your children and especially to convert those reluctant readers to lifelong book lovers!