3:1 Review: Living Oasis (Mark Dubbeld Family)
1. Original Songs: Members of the Mark Dubbeld Family wrote all of the project’s songs. Most were written by mother Janene Dubbeld; father Mark Dubbeld co-wrote one.
2. “The Reward”: This song offers a unique perspective on the call to Christian service: “That’s why I give up myself as an offering / That the Lamb may receive the award / The reward of His suffering.” Anchored by a solid vocal performance and a Milton Smith orchestration, it’s easily the project’s showstopper.
3. “I Won’t Be a Stranger”: This mellow song about being known as Christ’s in Heaven has a particularly well-crafted lyric. The featured female vocalist’s voice has a timbre which works well for this mellow approach. The song, though, is strong enough that a power treatment from a rich alto like Chris Freeman or Libbi Perry Stuffle could make the song a show-stopper.
:1. Synthesized Brass: At points, particularly on “My Answer is Yes,” the brass sounded synthesized. (Based on the album credits, it appears that it was.) The album would probably have been better off with no brass.
Radio Single Picks: “The Reward,” “I Won’t Be a Stranger”
Credits: Produced by Mark Dubbeld. • Group members: Mark, Janene, Vincent, Leighton, Elena, Channing, and Britton Dubbeld. • Review copy provided.
Song List: Living Oasis; When I Call Him Father; It’s Called Life; The Reward; My Answer is Yes; Keep Me in Awe; Let the Blessings Come Down; I Won’t Be a Stranger; Jesus in Control; Nothing But Praise.