Album Details

RELEASE
March 01, 2005
LABEL
Friday Music
GENRES
Pop/Rock, CCM, Country-Rock, Adult Contemporary, Contemporary Christian

Album Review

It's no surprise that this CD sounds a lot like a lost Poco album -- beyond being the work of Richie Furay, it also features Jim Messina, Paul Cotton and Rusty Young; add to that the presence of such renowned figures as Chris Hillman, Jimmy Ibbotson and Jeff Hanna, and you've got not only an intersection with the Souther-Hillman-Furay Band, but also a recording with roots deep in first-generation folk-rock-cum-country-rock. And pretty much that's where this album comes down, on the country-rock side of gospel music (or is it the gospel side of country music?). Furay's goal here was to create an album of American worship songs -- he became a Christian rocker some years ago, and has very effectively merged those two parts of who he is on I Am Sure, his lyrics drawn from the Bible, but the obvious sincerity and inspiration behind much of what's here is genuinely moving; as a singer as well as a musician, Furay knows how to wrap a melody around a psalm and make both of them count for something bigger than their individual parts. Even more important, this all works as music, too, at least from a traditional country-rock standpoint -- there aren't any musical revelations here (no joke intended), though "Shout to the Ruler" comes close and the build-up to the harmonization on "Overflow" bears more than one listen, but in many ways this is a beautifully soulful follow-up to many of Poco's best moments from their early albums. Some of the melodies vaguely resemble traditional sources -- "Most High" has moments that make one think of "Poor Wayfaring Stranger" -- but there are enough twists, including some pretty good rocking moments (especially on the guitars), sufficient to make this more than an exercise in latter-day folk-rock. It's all well worth a listen or two or three, and won't disappoint fans of Poco or any of Furay's other '70s-era musical ventures.
Bruce Eder, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. With My Whole Hearthttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=311555379&id=311555358
  2. Jesus, Eternal Kinghttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=311555390&id=311555358
  3. Shout to the Rulerhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=311555393&id=311555358
  4. Overflowhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=311555396&id=311555358
  5. Most Highhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=311555398&id=311555358
  6. Wonderfully Praisedhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=311555405&id=311555358
  7. So Far to Gohttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=311555409&id=311555358
  8. Father of Glory (Give the Glory to You)http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=311555452&id=311555358
  9. City of Godhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=311555513&id=311555358
  10. Precious Bloodhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=311555658&id=311555358
  11. I Am Surehttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=311555737&id=311555358
  12. Come and Praise Himhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=311555744&id=311555358
  13. Deep Within My Hearthttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=311555746&id=311555358
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