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The Kingsmen Missing People Album Review

This lineup is the best the Kingsmen have had for awhile, they are not the Kingsmen of yesteryear. But they are carving out their own niche in the Southern Gospel world with a newer style, while still giving tribute to their wonderful heritage.This is the latest album from the Kingsmen, their lineup stays the same as it was on their “When God Ran” album with Harold Reed on Tenor, Bryan Hutson on Baritone, Phillip Hughes on Lead and Ray Reese singing Bass.

Song list and individual song review.

1. Missing People- The title cut is a tender song sung in a style that the Kingsmen pull off really well. The Voices at the end of the song were a nice addition to the song. Bryan Hutson is a excellent singer that can communicate a song very effectively and that is very evident on this song.10/10

2. Someday- This song penned by Woody Wright hearkens back to “old Kingsmen Style, that will have you tapping your foot the moment the track begins. This is a track that is enjoyable, but not something that blows me away on CD I would love to hear it live.8/10

3. They Went To Pray- This song has a swing feel to it that I really enjoy, I really like the switching of lead parts throughout the chorus. Ray Reese has the lead on the second verse. This is a song that fits this lineup very well, and also one that people should enjoy live.7.5

4. Mountain Of Grace- This is the first Traditional “Power Ballad” on the album, it is one that I could definitely see getting released to radio. It has a great message and is sung very well by the group. I was very impressed by Phillip Hughes on the solo lines of this song, he added a tenderness to it that I was not sure he could convey. This is a great song that I hope gets some radio airplay.10/10

5. When It’s All Said And Done- Written by Dustin Sweatman and Scotty Inman, this song  is a traditional Kingsmen 3 chords and a cloud of dust type song that I would love to hear them close a set with at NQC on this one.  Ray Reese sings some bass solo lines in a style that I think is his strongest suit as a Bass singer.  Fans of the Classic Kingsmen will really love this track.10/10

6. Cheer The Weary Traveler-This classic Kingsmen song shows that this group can pull off the “Old Style” maybe not as well as the lineups of yesteryear but they still do a very good job on this style song. I will say I was not expecting super high tenor note from Harold Reed towards the end. It was a nice albeit suprising addition to that part of the song. 7/10

7. God Saw A Cross- This song from the pen of Rodney Griffin is without a doubt the most powerful song on the album in my opinion. The verses are sung extremely well by Harold Reed, this song has really moved up my most played list very quickly. The message to the song is just so incredible, it is amazing to think that God did see the cross from eden to calvary and still sees it today. What a lyric maybe Griffins best for awhile.10/10

8. He Picks Up A Begger On The Way- This song is a great example of why Bryan Hutson is one of my favorite Baritone singers. He can sing in any style he wants and still sound great. This is a hard driving song that has a great message to it. 7.5/10

9. God Knows- This slower ballad country flavored song is sung very well by Phillip Hughes. This song also is a great “Message” song that tells the listener that no matter what you are going through God Knows what is going on and that he cares. 9/10

10. He Is The Only One- This is slower piano driven track, that did not really stick out to me on first listen but the more I hear it. The more it speaks to me, it has a simple message that is very true. Bryan Hutson once again steps up and delivers for the Kingsmen on this one. There is also some good harmony thourought the song.7/10

11. Someday (Reprise)- Nothing really here that was not covered in the description of the song originally. Other than it ends with Ray hitting a very nice low note.

Overall 9.5/10 This is a very strong album that I would suggest to anyone that is a fan of Southern Gospel to add to their collection. This group if it stays together with its current lineup could do some really good things. They took a huge step up with “When God Ran” and they have continued in that vein with “Missing People”. I could definetly see if released to radio “God Saw A Cross” being their second 1 song in a year. This group shows with this album that they are very versatile as they can sing mutiple styles. And that should help them going forward to reach new fans and also keep their past and present fans happy. You can get  the album here or here.

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  1. Rob
    August 24, 2009 at 1:43 -04:00Aug

    Great review…My fav project this year..and Probably Ray Reece’s best recorded low note in years on Someday …

  2. Amy Reed
    August 29, 2009 at 1:43 -04:00Aug

    God Saw A Cross is indeed my new favorite song and the best one on this project. A very powerful song.

  3. KingsmenFan
    August 29, 2009 at 1:43 -04:00Aug

    I need to hurry up and order this CD…lol

  4. Brenda Cicio
    August 30, 2009 at 1:43 -04:00Aug

    God Saw a Cross is by far the most powerful and best song on this CD. You cannot hear it as a christian and not realize the power of the cross in our lives and the grace of God when He gave his Son. Rodney Griffin has written and fantastic song and Harold does an outstanding job singing it!

  5. David J. Stuart
    September 20, 2009 at 1:43 -04:00Sep

    Thanks, that is a wonderful review of a great project of my favorite group. I have this one, and really love it. It was great to read your review!

  1. August 24, 2009 at 1:43 -04:00Aug

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