The Bluesbunny likes a challenge. Our bunny ears are open to all sorts of music but we don't often get the opportunity to review some gospel music. This album from Paul Brendon Lile did not actually strike us as traditional gospel music as first sounding more like a regular singer songwriter. Anyway, one of his press pictures show him playing a resonator guitar and we really like resonator guitars so we had to review this album.
Paul Brendon Lile has a good "white soul" voice reminiscent at times of Daryl Hall and he certainly knows his way about a fretboard. The songs on this album are, but for one traditional song, self-penned and demonstrate his fervent belief in God. Don't get us wrong, this is not preaching. He is not trying to convert us. These are not the songs of a zealot but those of a believer. Standout tracks were the countrified "Who Can Stand" and "Forever More" that would easily stand up as a conventional love song. "Good Things Gospel" also impressed and we got our desired taste of that tasty resonator guitar on that track.
It would be good to hear some of these songs fleshed out with a full band. It might not really be our cup of tea but there is no doubting his honesty and sincerity so this is a performance that is well worth a listen. Available from CD Baby.