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Jason Hoffman, music critic - Whatzup magazine.


Doug Hood began playing and writing music at age seven and has since amassed quite a catalog of songs. He picked fifteen of his best, ranging from 1991 to current, and recruited a band to flesh them out, appropriately naming it Doug Hood Band. From the chemistry evident on each track this is no project band pulled together to record but rather a group of individuals who have logged countless hours sharing the stage with each other. While there are a number of guest musicians and background vocalists the core band subsists of Doug on lead vocals and all instruments with a keyboard, Landon Williams and Chris Leipe on electric guitar, Jeff Eager with drums, and Curt Graber playing a bass with almost too many strings to be called a “bass.”


There seems to be two sides to Spark, Doug Hood Band’s debut album. The first are the heavier rock songs born out of an appreciation for 90s Contemporary Christian Music giants such as Whiteheart and Third Day. The opening track, “Dead Mean Don’t Sin” is a great example with heavy yet upbeat guitar rhythms, tight drums, sizzling lead guitar, and lyrics based on a clever turn of phrase. Likewise “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” takes the notable Mr. Rogers line and turns it into an ode to Heaven, “Where the streets are gold / And I’ll never get old,” inviting the listener to join him while jangly guitars and full background vocals form a very danceable beat. “Simon Says” adds a fast shuffle and dance-house sounds to lyrics that press the question of deciding who you are going to follow and the title track is built on a comfortably edgy guitar riff, filling out the song with numerous instrumental passages and opportunities for melodic guitar solos that showcase Hood’s compositional prowess.


The second side found on the album is the kind of praise and worship song that is have been sweeping the churches of this nation. On the more intimate end is “Trade Shoes” wherein Doug is backed only by an expertly played piano and bass, emphasizing lyrics such as “Two parallel lines / We can never seem to find / A point in time / Where we’ll be one mind.” “Where You Are” slowly builds in volume and intensity to culminate in an emotional outpouring of praise through the lines of “Everywhere I go / Everything I do / I wanna be close to You.” The calming “Cry” is light on instrumentation, perfectly constructed for congregational singing while “I Will Rise” exhibits a darker, sober feel, drawing the listener to introspection on the death and resurrection of Christ through soaring, passionate vocals and a cathartic melody.


Doug Hood’s years of experience as a worship leader clearly shine through on the songs of Spark. He knows how modern congregations worship and writes songs that engage the heart and the soul, crafting impressive melodies around memorable lyrics that will stick with you long after the song is over. You can purchase this album at www.doughoodband.com


“The Doug Hood Band is reminiscent of Chris Tomlin and Third Day meet U2, yet have a sound that is completely their own...” June


“Rich vocals and meaningful lyrics, impressive instrumentation...” Erin


“These songs have touched my heart many times...” Gayle


“You guys Rock!...” Lisa


“Several songs have brought tears to my eyes.  Doug has an uncomplicated love for Christ.  He just loves Him madly and you can hear it in his songs...” Janet


“I was blown away by the production quality...” Ben


“I am so blessed by your music...” Shellie


“The hit single is CRY...” Rob


 

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