Saskatoon Star Phoenix
Back with another album, Vancouver's gospel trio The Sojourners -- Will Sanders, Ron Small and Marcus Mosely -- step into their album with joy, fire and confidence.
Those feelings take a strong hold in the lively opener, Nobody Can Turn Me Around, a bass-led, organ-drenched, R&B gospel number featuring a gnarly lead guitar solo from Steve Dawson.
Brother Moses Smote the Water is sung in excited and hushed reverence and has a killer dobro solo from Dawson, while Great Day is a rocking gospel number with full-throttle vocals and a nasty lead guitar line -- they're getting ready, all right.
Another Soldier Gone is a blues ballad with a solo high tenor voice, while Strange Man is a jaunty R&B tune about this strange fellow who consorts with prostitutes and forgives sinners.
Then there's the gritty city funk of The Neighbourhood and a snappy update of the old Motherlode hit When I Die.
Yes, The Sojourners step right in with fun and a good beat, praising the Lord and praising the prayer. After all, It's Hard to Stumble (When You're On Your Knees).