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Praise for the Ages
     

Praise for the Ages

by Talley Trio
 
It's hard to know exactly how to rate an album like this. Its surfaces are perfect: the Talleys (formerly known as the Talley Trio) are a family vocal group with an impeccable blend and flawlessly professional backing musicians -- whether they're singing over lite-soul horns or lush, faux-classical strings, every note is in exactly the right place and every musical

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It's hard to know exactly how to rate an album like this. Its surfaces are perfect: the Talleys (formerly known as the Talley Trio) are a family vocal group with an impeccable blend and flawlessly professional backing musicians -- whether they're singing over lite-soul horns or lush, faux-classical strings, every note is in exactly the right place and every musical gesture is sweet and uplifting, which is what you expect in Southern gospel music. The chords are sometimes complex, but never challenging; when they get jazzy, it brings to mind some kind of strange cross between the Lawrence Welk singers and the Four Freshmen. When they try to rock out, as they do on a supremely ill-advised arrangement of Handel's "Hallelujah" chorus the result is more endearing than annoying. To criticize them for the smoothness of their musical surfaces would be to miss the point: the Talleys are not working to deliver a musical experience, but a spiritual one, which means that their appeal is primarily limited to those who share their beliefs and are interested in albums like this one as soundtracks to their spiritual lives. As such, this album can only be counted a success. As a musical experience, it's of interest at only the most superficial level -- because that's where all the music exists. Below that level there is simply nothing to hear. If you want both spiritual uplift and musical depth, try listening to Handel's Hallelujah Chorus as it was written. While you're at it, I can refer you to a couple of other versions of "Be Still My Soul" and "There Is a Fountain" as well.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/21/2004
Label:
Horizon
UPC:
0783895099822
catalogNumber:
998

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Performance Credits

Talley Trio   Primary Artist
Mark Douthit   Saxophone
Barry Green   Trombone
Mike Haynes   Trumpet
Nashville String Machine   Strings
Roger Talley   Vocals
David Johnson   Acoustic Guitar
Debra Talley   Vocals
Tony Creasman   Drums
Roger Fortner   Bass,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar
Jason Webb   Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Jeremy Medkiff   Electric Guitar
Lauren Talley   Vocals

Technical Credits

George Frideric Handel   Composer
Jean Sibelius   Composer
Ronnie McDowell   Composer
Larry Gatlin   Composer
Stephen Hill   Composer
Roger Talley   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Darlene Zschech   Composer
Mickey Gamble   Executive Producer
Stan Whitmire   Arranger
Jason Webb   String Arrangements,Brass Arrangment
Traditional   Composer
John W. Peterson   Composer
Jimmy Fedorkevich   Composer
Lauren Talley   Arranger
Lynn Weathers   Graphic Design
Israel Houghton   Composer

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