Album Review: All Sons And Daughters

Leslie Jordan and David Leonard, the duo behind the group All Sons and Daughters, have given us great music since the release of their debut EP “Season One”. In 2013, they have released their first ever live album; and this year, they’re back with a self-titled project; giving us just the same vibe of folksy-woodsy worship. It features co-writes with Francesca Battistelli, Jason Ingram, Stu G, Derek Webb, Paul Mabury, and Sandra McCracken.

Unlike any other albums, All Sons And Daughters is unique because each track compliments each other. Every song has the same mood, all are emotional. It is just relaxing to listen at; and simplicity is the main element of the record; simple setting; simple musicality. The album just lacks some upbeat songs—a perfect opposite of Rend Collective’s The Art Of Celebration, which has the same genre. Vocally, the songs were given a very good treatment. The vocals of Leslie and David are distinctive, breathy and soothing.

Musically, the songs are pretty interesting, melodious, and elegant. The Victory, the seventh track, is the only upbeat song on the album and it justifies its title, but it also lacks a little more energy. Piano-laced Great Are You Lord is the most congregational, along with You Will Remain, and More Than Anything.

Lyrically, All Sons And Daughters don’t really break any new ground. There is no rise above the often-used generic worship lines for God. King Of Glory (You Restores My Soul) is Psalm 23-inspired, and it is my favorite track on the album. It speaks of the hope in Christ when we are in the valley. Other stand-out tracks include the vocally-creative and harmonious For Your Glory and My Good, and the Christmas message-inspired God With Us.

All Sons and Daughters’ self-titled album may not be on my top albums of 2014 list, but its beauty, class and elegance is stunning. There’s just one thing that I don’t like about the album: the lack of variety and diversity in musicality. Songs fall on a common ground: slow and lonely, making it “slownely” in mood. But in the end, I commend the creative mix of folksy vibe and powerful vocals. A very good record, but not for those who are into upbeat, energetic cuts.

Disclosure: A review copy of All Sons And Daughters was provided for review by House of Praise, from whom you may purchase the album.
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