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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/21/2004
  • Label: Horizon
  • UPC: 783895099822
  • Catalog Number: 998
  • Sales rank: 121,170

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Talley Trio Primary Artist
Mark Douthit Saxophone
Barry Green Trombone
Mike Haynes Trumpet
The 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
Van Atkins Mastering
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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