Selah and Guest Artists Collaborate on "Broken Road"
- Brenten Gilbert CMCentral.com
- 2006 15 Aug
Title: "Bless the Broken Road: The Duets Album"
Label: Curb Records
The Bible speaks highly of companionship and community. Even from the beginning, God stressed the importance of having fellowship with others who are suitable for us, expressed by the creation of Eve, Adam's companion. Later, in Ecclesiastes, we're told that while one of us may be defeated, two can defend themselves and three cannot easily be overcome.
The main lesson to be learned is that we are strengthened and encouraged by one another and that's how we were designed. When things happen in life – whether good or bad – our experiences are enhanced by the fellowship with those around us.
Following that line of thinking, Selah has always wanted to record an album full of collaborations with other artists within the industry. With the departure of founding member Nicol Sponberg in 2004, the remaining two-thirds of the group (Todd Smith and Alan Hall) sought out a new direction for Selah. They seized the opportunity to finally put together a collaborative effort and "Bless the Broken Road: The Duets Album" was birthed. The album plays out almost like a series of auditions for the open vocal spot and includes two "duets" with the newest member of the group, Amy Perry as well as appearances from Plumb, BarlowGirl, Nichole Nordeman and more.
The title track, previously a hit for Rascal Flatts, cherishes the "broken" aspects of life for the positive results that can come from persevering. Indeed, the song finds new life here with the guest vocals of Melodie Crittenden and a nice arrangement. Other clear highlights on the album include the comforting ballad, "Glory" penned by and featuring vocals from Nichole Nordeman, the Julie Miller classic "All My Tears (Be Washed Away)" which includes vocal work from Kim Hill, and "Softly and Tenderly," a duet with Cynthia Clawson that proves to be an enjoyable arrangement. Jason and Adam Crabb also lend their vocals to an interesting rendition of the Russ Taff song, "Ain't No Grave," allowing the group to branch out musically a bit as well. However, the group definitely hits its stride on the two tracks with Amy Perry, cementing her as a suitable replacement for Sponberg.
With plenty of harmony and enough guest appearances to generate curiosity, Selah manages to continue down the "broken road" of the last couple years to find their strength renewed with the addition of Amy Perry to the lineup. "Bless the Broken Road," offers listeners a number of strong tracks as well as a sneak peak at what the future may hold for the trio. Fans will certainly want to pick this one up as its sure to please.
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