Wave My Hand - Lee Williams & The Spiritual QC's, "Living On The Lord's Side"
Lee Williams & The Spiritual QC's - Living On The Lord's Side DVD Release Date: November 1, 2011 Lee Williams and the Spiritual QC's are one of the most beloved quartets on the circuit today, and their fans were eagerly awaiting--and I do mean eagerly--more great music like the relatable songs (such as "I've Learned to Lean" and "I Can't Give Up Now") that caused the group to skyrocket to the height of quartet acclaim. It's no surprise that some wonder why their current project Living On the Lord's Side is filled with recycled material; nine of the twelve tracks were released on the group's prior albums.MCG Records says the reason Lee Williams and the Spiritual QC's re-recorded these songs is "the vast number of written and verbal testimonies that they've received and the impact that these have had on so many lives." I suppose that's justifiable, but it would have been great for these tracks to have had some kind of refreshing quality about them--a musical twist, an added bridge, or some reconstructed runs. "Good Time" is the one rollicking pewburner that delivers on musical newness. It boasts a thumping bassline, stabbing horns, and an extended vamp that graduates from "good time" to "thank You."The mid-tempo title song "Living on the Lord's Side," one of the three new tunes, is not quite as engaging. In fact, it could even be considered a bit bland. Given the soulful and often bluesy character of the group's music, it lacks the fervor that one is used to hearing in Williams' repertoire. "Touch Me" is the toe-tapper that follows, but the previously released versions remain superior. Williams has recorded it at least twice before (with his group and with the Racy Brothers), and on this one his voice just isn't at its best. What's more is that he omits the second verse, thereby creating an awkward turn the QC's didn't sound altogether ready for. Additionally, once he's in the run, he tells a Biblical story (about the woman with the issue of blood) twice verbatim, seeming to have lost his place in the song. A studio overdub could've remedied this. Nevertheless, by the song's end, the flat-footed singer's heartfelt insistence compels listeners to respond to his repeated inquiry, "Did He touch you?!""Call Him" is another new track and it features a guest lead by Willie Legon. Legon's pleasing tremulous tenor guides the song along its turtle-paced ascent until he tags Williams to drive it to its climax. "Call Him" mimics the tempo of "I Can't Give Up Now" and the intensity of "You've Been Good" (from the album Good Time); the only real critique here is that at times Legon's words are not so easy to understand. An overdub could've fixed this, too. Track Listing:1. Introduction 2. Whatever You Want 3. Touch Me 4. You've Changed This Life Of Mine 5. Lord, I Thank You 6. Good Time 7. Call Him 8. Wave My Hand 9. Traveling On 10. I've Learned To Lean 11. I Can't Give Up DISCLAIMER:Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for "fair use" for purposes such as criticism,comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship,and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use.