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Single Review: Randy Houser – ‘In God’s Time’

I loved Randy Houser’s debut single, ‘Anything Goes’ in 2008, but was then disappointed by the remainder of the material on his album of the same title, and only partially won over by his follow-up. Now the lead single for his third album, due later this year on Show Dog-Universal, has succeeded in recapturing my interest in him as an artist.

He wrote the song with David Lee Murphy and Shane Minor, both one-time major label artists who, like Randy, faced frustration in their careers. This may have formed the common ground which led to this song. Togther, they came up with some thoughtful lyrics urging patience in the face of adversity. They may not be groundbreaking, but are nicely put together and offer a salutary rebuke to those expecting instant gratification in general, and instant answers to prayer:

Oh, but no one knows, not you or me
It might be tomorrow – or it might never be
Oh, but don’t lose faith
Put it in His hands
Cause it might be that He might have a bigger plan than you had in mind
Miracles happen – in God’s time

A quiet understated vocal allows the message of the song to take center stage. The subtle, acoustic production of the first verse swells to something a bit louder in later portions of the song, but it is not overwhelming and remains recognisably country, and allows Randy’s rich voice to shine as it has not done since ‘Anything Goes’. Regardless of its commercial prospects, I think it’s a good song and an excellent record.

Randy’s music has had a mixed reception at radio, with only the rowdy ‘Boots On’ making real inroads, and nothing from They Call Me Cadillac doing well. Religious songs aren’t for everyone, but they have often found a receptive home at country radio, particularly if they have a comforting message. This sincere and warmly sung example seems like a good bet for Randy to return to the airwaves. It’s also a promising sign for his new album, which I am now anticipating with interest.

Grade: A-

Listen here.

4 responses to “Single Review: Randy Houser – ‘In God’s Time’

  1. Ben Foster May 3, 2011 at 8:27 am

    I like the message of this song, and the performance. Randy sounds very much invested in the lyrics. A good amount of steel guitar doesn’t hurt either.

  2. Jonathan May 3, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    I really like this one. I feel like it’s been around forever because Stormie Warren has been playing the heck of it for months on Sirius/XM’s The Highway. I’m glad he’s been giving the song the attention it deserves.

    Like Ben, I love the message of this song and Randy’s vocal, but the live version from the Grand Ole Opry is better. He put a little more into it and fed into the crowd reaction. I’m almost in tears when I listen to it – it’s that powerful. This is the kind of song that proves why he’s one of the best singers in country music right now.

    I’m glad it’s been released as a single. Randy hasn’t had much of a memorable chart hit in quite a while and this is one that will, hopefully, get him back on country radio. But this is a high quality song, and while it should stand out, I don’t know if radio will take a chance with it. Not when they’re playing the heck out of “Country Girls (Shake It For Me)” and “Honey Bee,” anyway. But it would be criminal to ignore it.

    “In God’s Time” is easily one of the best country singles so far in 2011.

  3. danny barker May 3, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    it is a good song with message but I am not that much of a randy fan. sorry about that.

  4. J.R. Journey May 3, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    “and allows Randy’s rich voice to shine as it has not done since ‘Anything Goes’.”

    I had the same reaction when I first listened to this. This is the best showcase I’ve heard for Houser’s excellent pipes since that memorable debut single. Good review.

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