3:1 CD Review: But For the Cross (LeFevre Quartet)
3:1 Reviews offer three highlights of an album and one area that could have been improved.
1: But For the Cross: This 6/8 song is bursting with power and energy. It’s one of those rare songs that combines the better elements of an anthem and an uptempo toe-tapper. Though “I’m So Saved” (see below) was the album’s lead-off single, this is likely the album’s big hit.
2: Come and See: Speaking of hits, this song’s writer, Rodney Birch is on a winning streak. He earned his first #1 recently, with Old Paths’ “Battle Stand” on the December 2012 charting song. Though an entirely different sort of song—this one’s a tenderly touching story-song—it’s another hit waiting to happen.
3: I’m So Saved: Mere weeks after the album released, Paul Harkey left to join Ernie Haase & Signature Sound. This song shows the potential he could have had with the group if he’d stayed. The song requires a bass comfortable with incredibly low notes; here’s hoping the LeFevre Quartet can find replacement who can pull off this challenging arrangement with aplomb.
:1: More strong songs: If the Mike LeFevre Quartet had been able to pack an album full of songs as strong as their opening three, the album would easily have been a 4.5-star album, perhaps even a five-star album. Now granted, if you’re not the Booth Brothers, you may have a hard time finding songs as incredible as the Booth Brothers find in their inboxes. The song selection for this album is actually pretty strong for a group that’s up-and-coming. If they can kick it up a gear in the future, they aren’t far from being able to pull off a top-tier quartet album.
Group members: Harold Reed (tenor), Jordan LeFevre (lead), Mike LeFevre (baritone), Paul Harkey (bass).
Credits: Producers: Paul Corley, Tre’ Corley, Rick Sandige. Recorded at: Oak Tree Studio. Arranged, Mixed, and Mastered by Tre’ Corley. Engineered by Paul Corley. Musicians: Tre’ Corley (Drums, Orchestration, Programming, Synths, Keyboards), Jonny Brown (Piano, Keyboards, Organ), Duncan Mullins (Bass), Kelly Back (Electric Guitar), Joel Key (Acoustic Guitar, Banjo). Released by: Activate Records.
Song List: But For the Cross (written by Marty Funderburk and Caleb Collins); Come and See (written by Rodney Birch); I’m So Saved (written by Dianne Wilkinson); The Wedding Song (written by Glen A. Bates); Put it Right There (written by Gerald Crabb); We Are The Church (written by Gerald Crabb); Saved By the Blood (written by Brandon Barry and Douglas Roark); The Blessed Hope (written by Rebecca Peck); Someday Soon (written by Glen Bates); I’ll Let You Lead Me (written by Marty Funderburk and Daryl Williams); Standing on the Daily Promises (written by Daryl Williams).
Five-star songs: But For the Blood, Come and See, I’m So Saved.