Millerâ€™s spiritually charged music isnâ€™t afraid to wrestle with contradictions and paradox. A cover of Mark Heardâ€™s â€śWorry Too Muchâ€ť may sound muscular and tight, but the lyrics reflect anxiety. It is quickly countered by â€śThereâ€™s a Higher Power,â€ť delivered with the rousing spirit of old-time southern gospel. No less compelling and inspiring are originals such as â€śShelter Me,â€ť â€śDonâ€™t Waitâ€ť and the hoedown ditty â€śThis Old Word.â€ť
Itâ€™s hard to believe that the man best known for â€śTake This Job and Shove Itâ€ť had a gospel past. Thatâ€™s reflected in these cuts recorded at RCAâ€™s legendary Studio B in 1966. Of the 23 tracks, eight are duplicatesâ€”reissued in 1978 with strings and backing vocals by the Jordanaires (best known for working with Elvis Presley). Though the string arrangements add syrup, Paycheckâ€™s fine singing is a constant: stentorian yet frayed.