Blind Boys Of Alabama

"I’ll Find A Way"

(Sony); Gospel

By ​Phil ​Bennett

Their first gig together was in 1944 in the glee club at the Alabama Institute For The Blind and they’ve been performing, recording and scooping up awards ever since.

I’ll Find A Way is album number 64, unless I’ve miscounted, and it is pretty much what you’d expect from this wonderful vocal group.

It’s full of guests drawn mainly from the contemporary indie-folk scene but, really, all their high profile presences are quite unnecessary.

Ultimately, it’s the celebratory spirit and lightness of the Blind Boys’ collective and individual touches that makes this recording so uplifting.
Their voices have been married longer than most couples ever will and it shows in every syllable and subtle, unhurried nuance.

The bottom line is that these guys could make an air conditioning unit assembly manual a spiritual experience and when they mass together, their voices blend like thick clouds of sound, their individual elements shining through like shards of light whenever one takes the lead.
The arrangements on these tracks are precise and sparse, the songs invitingly familiar and melodic, while the performances are expressive and endearing.

They’ve recorded and toured together for only slightly less than an eternity and their innate love for and understanding of their craft remain undiminished.
Heart warming.

​Phil ​Bennett

Musician, actor, singer, music reviewer, Phil’s interests cover a lot of bases and this is reflected in the music he writes about. From blues to soul, ambient to electronic, Phil writes about artists he feels are interesting, true to their craft and worthy of your ears.