The Gateway - U of Alberta
The Sojourners' self-titled second album is both soulful and uplifting. From the upbeat opener “Nobody’s Going to Turn Me Around,” to the dirty-sounding riffs in “Great Day,” to the slow funeral procession-esque “Death Don’t Have No Mercy,” these three Vancouver-based soul singers don’t miss a beat. Containing a wide array of themes such as war, death, loss, and redemption, this album has no trouble fitting in at either a church or a smoke-filled bar.
The Sojourners are proof that there is no substitute for experience. Combined, Will Sanders, Ron Small, and Marcus Mosely have over 100 years in the music industry. No man overshadows the others. Each singer has the opportunity to display their chops, stepping up to lead at least one song, but they really shine when they sing together, with harmonies resembling The Neville Brothers (sans Aaron Neville’s falsetto voice). Every player knows their part and plays it beautifully. Special props should go out to Steve Dawson for both producing the album and providing stylish, transcendent guitar.
Reinterpretations of old standards such as “Another Soldier Gone” remain relevant today and help create a rich tapestry of music. When listening to The Sojourners, it is impossible to keep your spirits down or to stop yourself from tapping, snapping, or clapping along.