3:1 Review: God’s Been Faithful (Liberty Quartet)
3:1 Reviews offer three highlights of an album and one area that could have been improved.
1. “The Day Death Died”: Royce Mitchell proves he’s in that select class of bass singers who can anchor anthems (see also Eric Bennett, “One Drop of Blood”; Pat Barker, “Calvary Medley.”) Then he turns around and delivers an incredibly smooth solo on “God’s Been Faithful.” He has such a smooth, confident, and pleasant command of every register of his range. In fact, if you wanted a bass singer so smooth that he can record a lullabies album, you’d have to go with Royce Mitchell.
2. “39 Chapters Later”: This Joel Lindsey / Kyla Rowland collaboration on Job’s trials is an innovative twist on a familiar story. The encouraging message makes it a standout track.
3. “Not Givin’ in to Givin’ Up”: From the opening lines, the melody and groove leave no question that it’s a Joseph Habedank song (a collaboration with Matthew Holt). Jordan Cragun’s soulful delivery does it justice.
:1. Choir on “Hope Lives Again”: Sometimes less is more. It is possible to make a big ballad too big.
Radio Single Picks: “The Day Death Died,” “39 Chapters Later,” “Not Givin’ in to Givin’ Up,” “Peace Like a River”
Album Rating: 4 stars
Credits: Producers: Roger Talley, Phil Cross, and Keith Waggoner. • Group members: Phillip Batton (tenor), Dan Gilbert (lead), Jordan Cragun (baritone), Royce Mitchell (bass). • Review copy provided.
Song list: Up & Away; Jesus Saves Still Today; Peace Like a River; Glorious Appearing; Hope Lives Again; 39 Chapters Later; God’s Been Faithful; Not Givin’ in to Givin’ Up; But for a Cross; When You Say Jesus; Thank You Now; One Well; The Day Death Died; Up & Away Reprise.