Take the High Road - Blind Boys Of Alabama
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  • Band members: Jimmy Carter, Eric "Ricky" McKinnie, Joey Williams, Billy Bowers
  • Summary: The multiple Grammy-winning group's latest album combines gospel with country and is produced with Jamey Johnson. It features such guest singers as Vince Gill, Willie Nelson, the Oak Ridge Boys, Hank Williams, Jr., and Lee Ann Womack.
  • Record Label: Saguaro Road Records
  • Genre(s): Gospel, Religious, Country Gospel, Traditional Gospel, Southern Gospel, Hymns
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Jul 18, 2011
    90
    Country music and old-time gospel music have borrowed from each other for decades, but rarely have the two styles blended as flawlessly as on a new offering from one of gospel music's most revered groups.
  2. Jul 18, 2011
    80
    Just 13 gospel oldies or oldie soundalikes, sung with passion and produced with charming looseness.
  3. Jul 18, 2011
    80
    Take the High Road is this venerable gospel group's first organized foray into country music, and it couldn't have gone much better.
  4. Jul 18, 2011
    60
    This highly enjoyable celebration of the Lord is co-produced by country star Jamey Johnson.
  5. Jul 18, 2011
    60
    The rest of the album is a little more stiff than it should have been, fault going to the antiseptic arrangements, rigid musicianship, and Johnson's wavering take on "Have Thine Own Way, Lord," which needs a lot more solemnity (or at least stability) to truly get its message across.
  6. Jul 28, 2011
    60
    There are moments when things don't quite work as they should. But the Blind Boys, left to their own devices on the funky Jesus, Hold My Hand, do what they do best. [Jun 2011, p.104]
  7. Jul 28, 2011
    60
    Nothing on Take The High Road isn't impeccable, but equally little is surprising. [Jul 2011, p.79]