Darin & Brooke Aldridge

Darin & Brooke Aldridge

DARIN & BROOKE ALDRIDGE
Mountain Home
MH12592

This young and recently wed duo from North Carolina hit the ground running with “I Thought I’d Seen It All,” the plaintive yet energetic and uplifting opening track on their new CD. And over the course of the ensuing 11 tracks, their charm, inspiration, and vocal prowess never let up.

To put it simply, there’s little not to love here. The songs, including one written by Darin and several by Nashville veteran Jerry Salley (who also contributes background vocals and produced this fine album) are memorable, and the instrumental picking is masterful. If these two sound like they know what they’re doing, it’s because they do. Brooke previously recorded a well received solo gospel album for Pinecastle Records and Darin is a former member of the Country Gentlemen and has performed occasionally with Blue Highway.

Nearly always front and center in the mix is Brooke’s lovely, disarmingly powerful voice, which imbues everything she sings with amazing emotional and spiritual immediacy. Most of the time Darin’s softer tenor (he sort of sounds like a younger, less imposing Vince Gill) is overshadowed by his wife’s daunting vocals; but in harmony, their voices meld with seamless beauty. (Mountain Home Music, P.O. Box 829, Arden, NC 28704, www.crossroadsmusic.com.)