CD Review: Time Machine (The Browders)

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Time Machine - BrowdersAfter three #1 hits from their final independent release, The Browders teamed up with Daywind to release their major-league debut, Time Machine

It’s a CD that prompted a very different impression on first listen and on subsequent spins. The first time through, the songs that stood out the most were progressive tracks like “Time Machine” and “New Song” and two white-boy-does-rap tracks, “Pick Me Up” and “Whatever You’re Going Through.” My immediate reaction was that this was the single most progressive Southern Gospel CD that had ever come across my desk for review.

But on second and third spins, the songs like “Listening For The Shout,” “The Reason,” “Waiting For You to Get Home,” “He Took My Place,” and “Lift Up His Name” showed their middle-of-the-road appeal. While the progressive tracks probably would not go anywhere on Southern Gospel radio, these probably include several chart-toppers.

The album cover is the coolest Southern Gospel album cover in quite a while—even if there’s a slight irony that its retro look accompanies the year’s most progressive CD.

The Browders’ songwriting has been strong enough to net them several #1 hits. So it makes sense that they would write or co-write all eleven songs. Matthew Browder had a hand in nine of the songs. David Browder co-wrote two with him. Tommy Browder co-wrote one with Matthew and wrote one by himself. Sonya Browder only wrote one song, a solo writing credit on “The Reason,” but it is the project’s strongest song.

Traditional or Progressive: Very progressive.

Group Members: Matthew Browder, Sonya Browder, David Browder, Tommy Browder.

Credits: Produced by Kevin Ward and The Browders. Mixed by Ben Fowler. Mastered by Hank Williams

Song List (songwriters in parentheses): Lift Up His Name (Matthew Browder); He Is Alive (Matthew Browder); Time Machine (Matthew Browder); Listening For The Shout (Matthew Browder, Tommy Browder); He Took The Nails (Matthew Browder, Mike Upright); Whatever You’re Going Through (David Browder); God Knows What’s Best (Tommy Browder); Pick Me Up (David Browder, Matthew Browder); The Reason (Sonya Browder); New Song (Matthew Browder); Waiting For You To Get Home (Matthew Browder, Phil Cross).

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Saturday News Roundup #200

Milestones are fun! Thanks to everyone who has commented on past Saturday News Roundups. What you’ve done to make it a conversation instead of a monologue is the reason this column has reached its 200th post.

Worth Knowing

  • The Dixie Echoes’ most recent email newsletter announced that they’re working on a new recording to come out in early 2014. Notably, for the first time in around a decade, it will include “brand new songs from some of the most popular songwriters in the industry.”
  • Worth reading: Musicscribe’s interview with Scotty Inman.

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Worth Discussing

It’s open thread Saturday—you decide!

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Saturday News Roundup #182

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Worth Knowing

  • If you follow our Upcoming Releases column, this might not exactly be news, but Daywind has officially announced the signing of The Browders. Their debut Daywind release, Time Machine, comes out August 6th.
  • Charlotte Mull, co-owner of Knoxville, TN’s WJBZ-FM, passed away this week. She was the daughter of noted promoters J. Bazzel Mull and Elizabeth “Lady” Mull.
  • Tracy Stuffle Stroke Recovery update: He is now able to whisper Libbi’s and Jared’s names. On Thursday, he was able to stand four times. He had a test to determine his ability to eat without a feeding tube; he showed good progress, but not enough for the tube to be removed yet.

Worth Watching

Apropos of Thursday’s Statesmen/Blackwood Brothers discussion, here’s a video of the Statesmen’s golden Denver Crumpler era:

For those of us whose only exposure to this era has been dusty LPs and the occasional YouTube video, it’s a fun humanizing moment to see Big Chief crack up at about the 1:20 mark and miss a line or two!

Worth Discussing

It’s open thread Saturday—you decide!

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