3:1 CD Review: Living in Grace (Cavaliers Quartet)

3:1 Reviews offer three highlights of an album and one area that could have been improved.

1. “Dying to Live Again”: This song is well-crafted and has a great hook. It’s the caliber of song you expect to find on a new Brian Free & Assurance or Gold City album. It’s written by Brad and Sandra Rowe, who are apparently newcomers to the Southern Gospel songwriting scene. If there are more songs of that caliber where that one came from, plan to keep an eye on the Rowes.

2. “You are the Only One”: This new Dianne Wilkinson song is a well-crafted statement of faith.

3. “Not To Us O Lord”: This song co-written by Michael W. Smith and Paul Smith works surprisingly well in a Southern Gospel context.

:1. One thing I would change: “Doing it By the Book”: The bass singer’s half-speaking / half-singing on the verses might work well live, but comes across as odd on the project.

Traditional or Progressive: Middle-of-the-road with a few tracks that lean progressive.

Radio Single Picks: “Dying to Live Again,” “Not To Us O Lord”

Credits: Producer: David Staton, Gus Gaches. • Group members: Ben Mullins (tenor); Jason Reese (lead); Anthony O’Neal (baritone); Wayne O’Neal (bass); Sam O’Neal (stage drummer). • Review copy provided.

Song list: Do it by the Book; Living in Grace; Dying to Live Again; I’ve Got My Reservation; It Takes Faith; My Redeemer Lives; Nothing But the Blood; Grace Had Mercy on Me; What a Wonderful Change; You are the Only One; Not to Us O Lord.


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  1. I have a question. Is “Not To Us O Lord” well-crafted too? 😀

    • That wasn’t the first word that came to mind.

  2. Thank you for your kind words about our song “Dying to Live Again”. We truly believe in this song that offers hope to the Christians and the lost. Yes, we have more songs that we feel are great songs and are working diligently to get them recorded and heard. Sandy and Brad Rowe.