Brief Description – It doesn’t seem like it’s been over three years since Dream On, but it has. In the three years since, EHSS has released two tribute projects (“A Tribute to the Cathedrals” & “George Younce with EHSS”) as well as their second table projects of older songs (“Influenced II”) and a Christmas project (“Every Light That Shines at Christmas”). Those were good, but many EHSS fans were ready for some all-new material.
Lake Superior – My Lake Superior is “You Are Welcome Here.” I believe this song could easily get airplay at a CCM station. Also, I’ll give Wayne Haun some serious credit here because the first time I heard the song, I thought Doug had the lead.
Mississippi River – At first I thought the inclusion of “Swing Low Sweet Chariot” was strange considering that this was to be an all-new project after EHSS went through their phase of tributes and classics. However, after thinking about it more, that’s exactly what makes it a good song choice.
Lutefisk – Despite the fact that it fits Ian’s voice, I still believe including “Stand by Me” was a head-scratcher. Like Daniel Mount said on his own review of the project, many recent discussions surrounding EHSS are people comparing the current lineup to the one that originally catapulted the group into the SG spotlight. I wonder if this song will only spark more comparisons.
“Minnesota Nice” Factor – 5%. I love this project. I understand that it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but there is enough variety that everyone should be able to find something they like. This project should translate well in a concert setting. In fact, a few of the tracks probably fit better in concert than they do in the project.