Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Fisherman- Favour- Sharper Brothers Recording

Fisherman - FAVOUR

Sharper Brothers Records

By Bob Marovich

On Fisherman, their six-track EP, Detroit quartet Favour is all
about getting you ready…for your blessings, for a miracle, and for the day
Jesus returns.

Favour is a sweet-singing quartet with the smoothness of Atlantic
Starr and the Manhattans, though Shawn Upshaw’s lead vocal incorporates
traditional gospel techniques. So do the lyrics, which fit squarely in the
quartet mode of preaching, teaching, and in Favour case, preparing.

Indeed, two songs telegraph preparation in their titles: “Better
Be Ready” and “Things are Gonna Happen.” And in “How I Know,” the group sings
that the miracles of the Bible days can still happen today, and it can happen
to you, so be on the lookout. “Things Are Gonna Happen” encourages listeners to
keep the possibility of miracles top of mind as a balm against the onslaught of
today’s tragedies.

The title track sets the group’s Soul Train-sweet mood from the
start. Jesus makes his disciples fishers of men in “Fisherman,” and, by
extension, anyone seeking discipleship today. But following Christ, sings
Favour, means adopting Christian values of love, not hate.  We need to
live, not kill.

Group manager, songwriter, arranger, and baritone Byron Brown
gives the EP a crisp production, though it would have been even better
with less electronic drums and synth, which at times take away from the
serenity of the harmonies. It would be fascinating to hear Favour sing a

The group, which formed just a few years ago, consists of Brown,
Upshaw, William Banks, and Jimmie Blee Palmer, with Derrick Maclin on bass

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