3:1 CD Review: Nothing But Love (Brian Free & Assurance)
3:1 Reviews offer three highlights of an album and one area that could have been improved.
1: I Want To Be That Man: This song is a tribute to the power of a father who lived what he believed. Brian Free, whose father passed away two years ago, converts a passion for the lyric into the album’s strongest vocal performance.
2: Guard Your Heart: The number of songs address the theme of guarding our hearts are few enough that a new song on the topic inevitably draws comparisons to earlier ones. If you lined up this song in the sonic equivalent of a blind taste test with Steve Green’s 1989 track of the same name, a majority would likely lean toward the 1989 track.
All comparisons aside, though, this is a strong track on its own merits. An imperfect rhyme in the chorus is particularly well-phrased: “So, believer, don’t forget Whose you are / Guard your heart.”
3: Nothing But Love: The first two or three spins through the song, I had to resist the temptation to just press skip. By spin five, I couldn’t get it out of my head! It’s progressive enough to not be for everyone, but it’s actually quite catchy.
:1: Almost…: The group’s previous album, Never Walk Alone (2010), was a monumental tour de force, earning a five-star rating in our glowing review. Albums of that caliber are almost impossible to top. While Nothing But Love isn’t an exception to the rule, it is almost as strong. It certainly has its moments of brilliance.
Credits: Group members: Brian Free, Bill Shivers, Derrick Selph, Jeremy Lile. Produced by Ricky Free.
Song List: Nothing But Love; It’s Quite a Valley; If the Lord Says Do It; I Will Be Praying; Guard Your Heart; There is Power; Calvary’s Cry; You Can Be a Bridge; I Want to Be That Man; Revival.