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ALBUM REVIEW

Joel Robin Grier
USHERED IN
©2011 Independently released
MTM265801
Review by Lucky Boyd
Co-Founder, MyTexasMusic.com

$13.99

Matthew 6:1 says, ďTake heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.Ē  This being said, I am careful with praise for this album, not to disturb the crown jewels which await those who were Godís tools in its creation.  While all glory be to God for everything this album stands for, Iím going to set that aside for a moment and speak simply as a music reviewer.  Some musicians go into the studio to Ďmakeí a record.  They have written the songs, learned the instruments, and grab their talent and their egos and head for the sound booth.  All too often, those of us with musical talent are quick to forget that our talent is on loan to us and how we use it will speak volumes about us and our subject matter.  Donít get me wrong, I love a good beer drinking song, and cheatiní songs are something we just canít live without.  But every now and then, we get the pleasure to meet an artist who uses every ounce of his talent in a selfless testament to a particular cause.  In the case of Joel Robin Grier, it is his love of God and his Christian faith.  Each of us will have to account for how we have used our talent, and I know of no artist more prepared to do just that than Grier.  His songs, some standards, some covers, and some originals, are one praise session after another.  There is so much to explore about this album, including Grierís duet with his mother who passed recently, on a traditional song which she had written the words down and posted on the family fridge in a prognosticative statement that her Salvation was secure.  The arrangements, performances, and vocal work are perfect throughout.  This is largely due to having Stephen C. Meyer at the helm in the studio.  Not that they needed it, but this album puts Timbre Lodge Recording Studio on the map as a place for more than red dirt recordings.  Sue Ann Meyerís contribution to the album is stellar and evident.  Grierís assembly of talent as he co-produces with Meyer is outstanding.  So, in an effort to tell you wonderful things about this album without instilling too much pride or trumpeting for Grier, let me say this; I donít know if you have a personal relationship with Christ or not, but if you donít and youíre up for some peaceful, safe, non-threatening exploration, this album is a great introduction to the glory and joy that can be yours when you walk the Romans road.  Even if you are not a Christian, Grierís album is beautiful, artistic, tasteful, and would make excellent background music for any elegant dinner party.  Be prideful, Robin, but put it away quickly, for you have recorded that which runs through you, and there is much work to be done.  This is a very fine hour for all who touched this project.  Well done.

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