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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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - Lisa Zhito
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.
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.
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  • Release Date: 4/15/2003
  • Label: Essential
  • UPC: 083061070526
  • Catalog Number: 10705

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
The 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of my all time favorites!

    When ever I need a lift I listen to this cd. I love to exercise to it and I think it would be great in an aerobics class.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Oh My Goodness!!

    Come on FFH. We need better than this. I want more decent music. You can do MUCH BETTER!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Gripping Album

    This c.d. is wonderful for solos in school concerts. The music is a little repetitive but don't let that stop you. I am pleased and you will be too.

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