Nice recording by Marty and his Fabulous Superlatives. This isn't really a new direction for him - they've covered a lot of musical ground; but this is their first dedicated to all gospel. As usual, they bring exceptional musicianship and taste to the songs here. I'm a big Marty fan, and I'm giving this four stars simply because I prefer CDs like Pilgrim and Ghost Train more. But no mistake, they tear it up. I love his version of I Can't Even Walk, and having Mavis Staples guest on one track is real treat. This is one more reason that Marty and the boys have been on a roll for the last ten or fifteen years!
I first learned of Marty Stuart from the soundtrack of All the Pretty Horses. This is a terrific gospel album (CD); a rich blend of vocal arrangements and musicianship. My favorite songs are The Gospel Story of Noah's Ark, Lord, Give me Just a Little More Time, and Slow Train. I listen to gospel music nearly every morning, and I am very happy that Soul's Chapel is in the mix.
This may not be the case with other listeners, but I've always preferred my gospel music with a heavy dose of acoustic instrumentation. This CD definitely changed all that. Marty is undoubtedly one of the premier mandolin players in country music but there ain't a drop of mando on this album. Instead it's very tastefully picked Telecasters backed by the big Hammond B-3. All this supporting some of the best harmonys to be released by a country artist in a long time.
For a long time that Marty Stuart has been an underappreciated force in American music and it's great to see him ignore this and continue to release material that is true to his heart and his influences. This CD may even surpass his "Pilgrim" release of a few years ago.
Marty, thanks for the insight into your heart and being. You are definitely one of the greats.
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