Something's Happening CD
Another Quality Project From SGM's First Family
When you have known a group since the early 1970Ã¢ÂÂs, played their music on the radio since 1983, attended Kim and DeanÃ¢ÂÂs wedding in the 80Ã¢ÂÂs, traveled on their bus, been a part of their Singing News Song of the Year, booked the group numerous times, and personally seen them now sing in five decades, then this old country boy can say, I know the Hoppers.
I have shared my opinions with the Hoppers regarding their work for years, but this is the first time I have ever attempted to review a recording of the Hoppers.
On Ã¢ÂÂSomethingÃ¢ÂÂs HappeningÃ¢ÂÂ, the groups vocals are some of the best, if not the best ever, on any Hoppers project. Having a studio on Claude and ConnieÃ¢ÂÂs farm has allowed them the freedom to work at their own pace and satisfaction to provide us with some of the most crisp vocals I have heard from this group. They not only nail singing their parts, but they also blend so well . They do not force (oversing) their vocals, but still sing with the conviction and emotion we expect to find in our brand of music.
Cut one Ã¢ÂÂVictory Shall Be MineÃ¢ÂÂ is the first single off this project. Good choice as Nancy Harmon songs (IÃ¢ÂÂve Come Too Far, Let The Redeemed Say So) have worked well with the Hoppers. Yes, this is the same song the Nelons cut back in 1994. Ã¢ÂÂOh, How Amazing Is Amazing GraveÃ¢ÂÂ is well done and comes out of the Hoppers publishing company. The tune was written awhile back by former HoppersÃ¢ÂÂ pianist, Shannon Childress and his sister, Teresa Lutz.
The title cut is a recording that gives Connie, Kim, and Dean a chance to all shine on a song that will translate well in the many church dates the group works. The recitation by Connie, ala Gloria Gaither, sets it apart from other similar songs. Karlye Hopper, Kim and DeanÃ¢ÂÂs oldest, shines again in her second recording with the group with a great song choice for her, a Rusty Golden/Dianne Wilkerson composition.
I have about every album the Hinsons ever recorded and of course, am well familiar the song, Ã¢ÂÂIÃ¢ÂÂve Been To HeavenÃ¢ÂÂ that Larry Hinson wrote for the original Hinsons. The Hoppers version is better than Hinsons, and the song is growing on me after hearing them stage it live recently. However, I must admit there is something about the line Ã¢ÂÂIÃ¢ÂÂve been to heaven, though IÃ¢ÂÂve never left the roomÃ¢ÂÂ that I have not embraced since I first heard the tune more than ten years ago.
Paula Stefanovich wrote two big songs for the Hoppers. One of them, Ã¢ÂÂJerusalemÃ¢ÂÂ was a mega song for the group, even if the industry did not give the tune the respect it deserved. The studio cut was hit out of the park and itÃ¢ÂÂs prominence in the Gaither video recorded in the city itself is spine tingling. PaulaÃ¢ÂÂs Ã¢ÂÂEast of JerusalemÃ¢ÂÂ is a solid album cut. I enjoy hearing Kim sing, especially how she interprets a song, as her phrasing is often done her way. Her uniqueness and vocal ability are reasons for her selection as female singer of the year.
Connie is featured on Ã¢ÂÂCould It Be IÃ¢ÂÂm DreamingÃ¢ÂÂ. The group does a great job on this Gerald Crabb and Gina Vera song. Nice to hear Mike Hopper sing bass on this cut.
Dean Hopper is the Rodney Dangerfield of SGM. He does not get the respect he deserves. On this project, he does some of the best singing he has done on Ã¢ÂÂHe Remembers To ForgetÃ¢ÂÂ and Ã¢ÂÂOn The AuthorityÃ¢ÂÂ. Same holds true with Claude as he sings the Ira Stanphill classic, Ã¢ÂÂI Know Who Holds TomorrowÃ¢ÂÂ. I really would like to see the Hoppers feature Claude, Dean and Mike on a song in the future.
Ã¢ÂÂLiving In Arms Of MercyÃ¢ÂÂ is one of my favorite cuts on the Hoppers latest project. Not very often do we get to hear Dean, Kim, and Mike sing together and on a song that is not a cookie cutter cut as many recordings heard on Southern Gospel radio. The entire project has some excellent orchestration, which is a trademark of a Lari Goss production. It is evident on the last cut Ã¢ÂÂStatement of FaithÃ¢ÂÂ.
Ã¢ÂÂSomethingÃ¢ÂÂs HappeningÃ¢ÂÂ is one of the best from the Hoppers. I bought it before it was ready to be shipped. I wanted to hear it that badly, and was not disappointed. Although this album is not as solid as Ã¢ÂÂThe RideÃ¢ÂÂ, mainly because the song selection on that 2006 project was much stronger (IMO) and personally ministered to me more, this SpringHill recording is one any Hoppers fan needs in their collection.
December 26, 2010
This new CD from the Hoppers is another great one as expected. It is everything you would expect from the Hoppers from up-tempo fun songs to jazzy sounding songs, to the big powerful ballads. This CD is great. My personal favorites are "Victory Shall Be Mine", "Something's Happening", and "He Remebers to Forget". But they are ALL great.
August 26, 2010