In the first release since the death of founding member Van Stephenson, BlackHawk's Henry Paul and Dave Robbins combine big-picture themes with catchy melodies, and the trademark BlackHawk harmonies r

In the first release since the death of founding member Van Stephenson, BlackHawk's Henry Paul and Dave Robbins combine big-picture themes with catchy melodies, and the trademark BlackHawk harmonies remain intact behind Paul's distinctive lead vocal. "One Love" and "I Will" are crisp, soaring cuts, while "One Night in New Orleans" is a punchy, Cajun-inflected raveup, and "Days of America," "Leavin' the Land of the Broken Hearted," and "Gloryland" are the kind of rootsy, accessible songs that have given BlackHawk major success in the past. The Native American chanting and instrumentation lend a spiritual tone to the touching Stephenson tribute title cut, and the big, bold instrumentation of "Brothers of the Southland" reflects on Paul's Southern rock past. Paul sings the heck out of redemptive confessionals like "Forgiveness" and "Faith Is the Light," and Robbins takes an effective, if rare, lead vocal turn on the ringing "I'll Always Love You." A trademark sound and adult themes aren't easy to come by in country music these days, but BlackHawk still achieves both.—RW