Ready to Fly

Ready to Fly

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by FFH
     
 

Although they started as a Christian a cappella group, FFH soon became known for a light, acoustic-pop sound and radio-ready harmonies. On Ready to Fly, the group's fourth release for Essential Records, the quartet spread their wings and take off in a brand-new musical direction. Where they once straddled a stylistic fence -- not-quite-pop,See more details below

Overview

Although they started as a Christian a cappella group, FFH soon became known for a light, acoustic-pop sound and radio-ready harmonies. On Ready to Fly, the group's fourth release for Essential Records, the quartet spread their wings and take off in a brand-new musical direction. Where they once straddled a stylistic fence -- not-quite-pop, not-quite-alternative -- this release showcases a glossy pop production, full-bodied orchestration, and Top 40 arrangements. Untouched are the group's soaring four-part harmonies, front and center throughout this release. Whether FFH are ready to be the next, say, Avalon depends on one's musical taste. "Follow Love" and "Waltz for Jennifer" offer a glimpse of the old, acoustic FFH, and one sometimes wishes for more of the delicate production and pristine vocal performances that are set evocatively here amid the rest of the album's relentless sheen. But the energy of the opening track, "You Found Me," and the rock edge of "It's a Good Day" are uplifting as well, sure to bring many new fans to FFH's message.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steven Douglas Losey
There's always been a sticky sweetness emitting from the music of FFH. The band's fourth release since 1998 (Ready to Fly) delivers much the same sack of sugar while still mixing radio-ready gold nuggets into the batch. Songs like "You Found Me" and "Good to Be Free" would cause a diabetic coma with their sweet attack. Cuts like "If Not for Christ" and the title track reach deeper into the mix and have a richer, grittier feel. Jeromy Deibler delivers a solid performance on the disc. "I'll Join the Rocks" could have been lifted from any Steven Curtis Chapman release. The nuances in the background vocals make the song one outstanding cut. Not to be surpassed, the vocals of Jennifer Deibler are equally impressive. Songs like "Follow Love" and "It's a Good Day" are testament to a vocal style that's passionate and uplifting to hear. Production on the disc was chaired by Scott Williamson and is as shiny as they come. That's not necessarily a bad thing as many production touches make it listenable while others drive up the blood sugar. Ready to Fly is a palatable opus for FFH. The band doesn't break any new ground but does serve up a dose of enjoyable hit songs that will make radio sing.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/15/2003
Label:
Essential
UPC:
0083061070526
catalogNumber:
10705

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

FFH   Primary Artist
Dave Williamson   Conductor
Steve Brewster   Drums
Dave Cleveland   Electric Guitar
Jim Hammerly   Accordion
John Hammond   Drums
Jerry McPherson   Acoustic Guitar,Bouzouki,Electric Guitar
Nashville String Machine   Strings
Jackie Street   Bass
Scott Williamson   Drums,Keyboards,Tambourine,Wurlitzer
Andrew Ramsey   Electric Guitar
Lincoln Brewster   Electric Guitar
Byron Hagen   Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ
David Hamilton   Conductor,Keyboards
Jeff Roach   Piano,Keyboards,Synthesizer Bass
Jeromy Deibler   Piano
Brian Smith   Bass,Trumpet
Michael Boggs   Acoustic Guitar
Mark Hill   Bass
Joey Canaday   Bass
Ken Lewis   Percussion
Schuyler Duryee   Electric Guitar
Matt Pierson   Bass

Technical Credits

Dave Williamson   String Arrangements
Bill Deaton   Engineer
Brent King   Engineer
John Mayfield   Mastering
Randy Poole   Engineer
Scott Williamson   Producer,drum programming
Bob Wohler   Executive Producer
Jerry Yoder   Engineer
Lincoln Brewster   Engineer
David Hamilton   Programming,Producer,String Arrangements
David Streit   Engineer
Jeromy Deibler   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Tim Parker   Art Direction
Jordyn Thomas   Art Direction
Rusty Mitchell   Cover Design

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