My SouthSide Drive review posts to Elmore magazine

29 Mar

Elmore Magazine | SouthSide DriveSouthSide Drive’s Randy Bowling and Gwen Hana take listeners to church with their self-titled original CD, A New Sound in Country Gospel Music. The album’s first track, a rhythm and blues song with soul influences, “Your Love Rescued Me,” features Hana’s solo raw vocals backed up by Bowling’s ’70s stylistic guitar leads. The duo performs best when harmonizing on the ballad “Broken Windows,” a type of storytelling somewhat reminiscent of Reba McEntire’s signature style. “Let There Be Light,” like so many similar titles recorded by both other secular and non-secular musicians alike, preaches to an invisible choir. Often-repeated verses intend to strum the heartstrings by employing all of the hallmark techniques of a Christian tent revival. Only “Walkin’ Louisiana,” deviates from the album’s faithful theme as band members meander rhythmically. Meanwhile, Hana stretches her vocal legs a bit, but she fails to deliver the track from its monotonous lyrics. The Myrtle Beach, SC band needs a saving musically, and Bowling’s lead vocals on “Cryin’ Kind,”  require a prayer.

Please see my review posted on Elmore magazine’s website by following this link:

http://www.elmoremagazine.com/2016/03/reviews/albums/southside-drive

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