God Is Love: The Gospel Sessions
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||Sending Me You||Ann-Margret||3:26||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The High Road||Ann-Margret||4:40||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||He's Got the Whole World In His Hands||Art Greenhaw||1:59||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Keep Looking Up||Ann-Margret||3:16||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Peace In the Valley||Art Greenhaw & The Jordanaires||2:49||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Low Singing Bass||Ann-Margret, Art Greenhaw & The Jordanaires||3:26||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||I Am a Pilgrim||James Blackwood & The Light Crust Doughboys||3:12||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Carry My Boat||Ann-Margret||3:21||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||In the Garden||The Light Crust Doughboys||2:19||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Looking Through a Stained Glass Darkly||Ann-Margret||3:13||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||God's Silver Soldiers||Art Greenhaw, Ray Walker & The Jordanaires||3:52||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Hallelujah Yodel Lady||Ann-Margret & Art Greenhaw||3:24||$0.99||View in iTunes|
Fans of Ann-Margret's music are required to have eclectic tastes considering the variety of her recordings. God Is Love: The Gospel Sessions, her first new album in a long time, travels in entirely new and surprising directions, even for someone already recognized for her versatility. In collaboration with the Jordanaires, long-running Western swing ensemble the Light Crust Doughboys, and gospel great James Blackwood, Ann-Margret has made a real down-home gospel album, mostly comprised of songs by Doughboys bassist Art Greenhaw. His love of gospel traditions comes through on "Low Singing Bass," a nostalgic Statler Brothers-style ensemble vocal piece that name-checks several legendary gospel artists. "The High Road" and "Looking Through a Stained Glass Darkly" add a little rockabilly riffing to the mix, while Blackwood and the Doughboys enjoy a few solo turns on standards like "I Am a Pilgrim" and "Peace in the Valley." Don't expect Ann-Margret's typical dramatic performances because she sings sweetly and softly here, but you can tell she's having fun in this new context. "The Hallelujah Yodel Lady" is a particular highlight (although, to answer the obvious question, she doesn't yodel). Ann-Margret recorded too little in the decades prior to this release, which is a shame considering her apparent willingness to experiment.