“Creation’s Song” is the first on the CD, with lyrics of “Earth would sing His praise…Alleluia.” “All In,” sung by the girls in the band, has an appealing, softer arrangement that speaks of “where He leads me, I will follow…and I’m All In.” “Song of Hope,” which should trade places with “Creation’s Song” and be Number One on the CD, is about dealing with insecurity. “I am my Father’s and He is mine…sin and death is not on me.”
“You are God” is thankfulness, while “Broken Places” is about giving hope in the “broken places.” God “…hears every cry and calls you by name.” The extra one on the CD, “Completely Yours,” has a freshness to it and it sung by the ladies in the group. “I want to be completely yours…take my life and set me free.” There is a good blend here of voices and instruments.
All in all, The Frye Family Band reaches its audience with appealing lyrics, arrangements and a good blend of voices. The family also has published a book of devotions called “101 Devotions For Busy Families” that has been reviewed at Phantom Tollbooth.
Copyright 2015 Marie Asner
Musically, the new EP, “Reclamation,” is a nice collection of faith-filled songs that also inspire. I particularly like the range of musical instruments and the variety of vocals. One of my favorites is “All In,” which is just a beautiful sounding song with so much heart. Another is “Completely Yours,” with the harmonies and the grace filled message.
“Reclamation” is a enjoyable EP with a mild acoustic soundtrack and positive, uplifting messages. A perfect combination for inspiring family moments.
Reclamation, the band’s new EP, is a collection of six tracks, each with a subtly different flavor, but all of them fitting comfortably within the pop-country-Christian pigeonhole. “Creation’s Song” is just what you’d expect it to be: a simple song of praise for God’s creations, including imagery of the sea and flowers and replete with hallelujahs.
“All In,” one of two tracks that brings the vocals of the young Frye women to the fore, is a confection sweetly reminiscent of “Love Story”-era Taylor Swift, but here the love story is between the singer and God. The other of the two songs, “Completely Yours,” is distinctly more folky.
“Song of Hope (I Am My Father’s)” kicks up the energy a bit, with Nate Dugger’s banjo providing a bluegrass tint that leads toward a gospel hand-clapping climax. “Broken Places” is an understated encouragement to hang on to faith even during difficult times. The message of both songs is one of devotion in the face of doubt, but even in these songs, there’s not much tension.
I’ll end the suspense: Tom Frye turned down the TV show when the producer suggested that it was “weird” that a family was making music together. Spooked by the idea that the show was looking for dysfunction, he backed away. Given the fates of famous reality-TV families these days, it was probably a really smart move. Instead, the Frye Family Band remain devoted to their music, functionally, faithfully and happily.