Josh Turner - "I Serve A Savior"

Track listing....
1) I Saw The Light (feat. Sonya Isaacs) - Hank Williams Sr.
2) I Pray My Out Out Of Trouble (feat. Bobby Osborne) - Loretta Lynn, Teddy Wilburn
3) Great Is Your Faithfulness - Thomas O. Chisholm, William M. Runyan
4) Swing Low, Sweet Chariot - Traditional
5) Without Him - Mylon R. LeFevre
6) I Serve A Savior - Josh Turner, Mark Narmore
7) How Great Thou Art (feat. Sonya Isaacs) - Stuart K. Hine
8) The River (Of Happiness) (feat. the Turner family) (LIVE) - Hampton Turner, Jennifer Turner
9) Amazing Grace - John Newton
10) Long Black Train (LIVE) - Josh Turner
11) Doxology - Thomas Ken
12) Me And God (LIVE) - Josh Turner

I do not, admittedly, normally closely follow Josh Turner's music however I was intrigued about this album when it was first announced and was recently offered the opportunity to listen to I Serve A Savior in it's entirety. Released yesterday, 2nd November, I Serve A Savior is Josh Turner's first faith-based release.

Tracks like Amazing Grace and Swing Low, Sweet Chariot are probably the most recognisable here. I like the traditional country styling of Josh's version of Swing Low, Sweet Chariot however I am afraid Amazing Grace falls short. Amazing Grace is an incredibly emotive track and would have arguably worked better here with more a stripped back instrumental, the production feeling a little at odds with the lyrics and vocals which, for me, takes some of the shine away from the track.

How Great Thou Art sees the second of two appearances from Sonya Isaacs. Sonya's tone offers a compelling balance to Josh's distinctive deep timbre and adds another dynamic to the track as a whole. The relative softness of the production suits the overall track well and allows both Josh and Sonya's vocals to travel comfortably through the song as a whole.

Overall this is certainly a strong album and will likely be welcomed by both fans of Josh's and fans of Christian music. Classic tracks are blended with the new to create an intriguing, thought provoking release.

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