Mountain Home Music Company
Releases Feb 10, 2017
So far, most everything about 2017 has been faster in my world. (Probably could be called farther, too…) I don’t know if Darin & Brooke Aldridge knew they were being prescient when they named their new CD Faster and Farther but that’s the way it’s worked out.
I’ve had about three weeks to get to know this CD and I’m thoroughly enjoying it. From the tight groove of Kingdom Come to the final tune Heaven Just Got Sweeter For You, the Aldridges maintain a high level of energy and determination throughout.
One thing we’ve come to expect from their projects is strong vocals and solid instrumentals. The addition of some outside influences seems to have pushed the duo into an even higher bracket of craftsmanship. Vince Gill on Highway of Heartache, Charli Robertson adding the harmony on Fit For a King, John Cowan on Kingdom Come and Lila and the influence of Pat Flynn throughout the project yielded great dividends.
All of that makes for a wonderful backdrop, but it is Darin and Brooke’s vocal interpretation that makes this such a special project. If you go back and listen to the last couple of CDs by the Aldridges, they build to and culminate in this one. The combination of musical, lyrical emotional and (in some songs) spiritual intensity is palpable and buoys the CDs from beginning to end. Even in the laid back tune The River, there is forward movement in both the music and lyrics.
While there is an overall Newgrass feel here, it isn’t limited to that. Brooke’s interpretation of Ian Tyson’s Someday Soon brings back memories of Suzy Bogguss (which is, in itself, a good thing) but it is definitely her own in the end. Likewise, her work on the song Sacred Lamb should get good response and airplay for Gospel segments. As with most collections of songs, there are some I prefer and others I don’t. None of the songs are so out of sync with the others that it sticks out, however, so though I might skip one here or there, it’s not annoying if I forget to hit the button.
I would be remiss if I didn’t also mention that these songs came from rich fountains: Ian Tyson, Carl Jackson, Jerry Salley, Jim Rushing, John Cowan & Pat Flynn, among others.
No one can know what future projects by the Aldridges will contain. It is my opinion that whatever things come from them, they will first be compared to and judged according to this one.