“I John”

ce897270d6389751a9f53b4071c916bb-1“I John” is Elvis gospel at its most propulsive.  It’s sweaty—body music animated with the spirit of the Lord.  “Baby, Let’s Play House” may be the Hillbilly Cat’s most lasciviously fun moment; but “I John” is surely the holiest—if by “holy” we mean gospel that omits the softly prayerful, hymnal touch.  I like that.  I like how the King reaches into the upper and lower registers of His voice, almost side by side.  I like the reverb that sounds far less clunky and canned than it does on any of His other gospel records.  I like that He sings excitedly, perhaps even desperately, of a man cornered by angels.  I like that “I John” rocks.


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