Boomkat Product Review:
A humbling dose of doo-wop, R&B and soul-inflected gospel from hard times during the ’40-‘60s.
‘The Storm of Life’ spans 16 passionate songs of spiritual succour forged against a backdrop of severe inequality in the US lifetimes ago. In 2020 their virtues still burn through to offer salve for the soul with a plethora of voices who sing the hard life with captivating and often cathartic effect.
Trust they’re not moping about it, but setting their woes to trampling rhythms and collective vocals that work it out together. From the pulpit introduction of Rev W Hebert Brewster’s title piece, to the haunting but galvanising doo-wop of ‘I Don’t Have To Worry’, thru the hard gospel R&B of ‘Praying Time’ by the Gospel Travellers and Rev H B Crum’s holler on ‘I Wanna Be Ready’, to the spine-chilling scenes of a frankly possessed Rev Robert Crewshaw in the closing shot, these licks of fire from history are very much worth your time in the here and now.