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America's Favorite Old-Time Gospel Songs

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AllMusic Review by Heather Phares

Brentwood's America's Favorite Old-Time Gospel Songs is one of the more unique collections to capitalize on the resurgent popularity of old-timey music and bluegrass thanks to the Joel and Ethan Coen's movie O Brother, Where Art Thou? and its best-selling soundtrack. This album features old-time renditions of classic gospel songs, including an eerie version of "Wayfaring Stranger," an a cappella rendition of "Just a Little Talk With Jesus," the mandolin- and banjo-driven "Somewhere in Heaven," and a slow, sweet version of "Precious Memories." Other highlights include "Unclouded Days," "Hear Jerusalem Moan," and "Halleujah, I'm Ready to Go." While the recording is a little too clean to really make the collection feel authentically old-timey, America's Favorite Old-Time Gospel Songs does feature some good vocal and instrumental performances, and provides a lively twist on some gospel favorites.

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