George Jones / Tammy Wynette

We Love to Sing About Jesus

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George Jones and Tammy Wynette had both made fine gospel records as solo artists, but when it came time to record their first together, they failed to come up with something memorable. Over-produced, overwrought, and under-written, We Love to Sing About Jesus is largely comprised of songs by Earl Montgomery, with the rest of the album devoted to contemporary country gospel by the likes of Dallas Frazier and Tom T. Hall. Billy Sherrill's trademark grandiose productions are made even bigger by the presence of the Jordanaires and the Nashville Edition on backing vocals. Though the production is overbearing, it would have been forgivable if more than a handful of songs -- namely, the single "Old Fashioned Singing," the singalong title track, and Hall's "Me and Jesus" -- were memorable. Instead, the songs are almost entirely mediocre and forgettable, making the production the only noticeable thing about the album. Though the album is short, the bombastic production gets a little nerve-wracking about halfway through the album, and by the end of the record the music hasn't provided much inspiration. In all, a wasted opportunity.

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