3:1 CD Review: Twelve (Three Bridges)
3:1 Reviews offer three highlights of an album and one area that could have been improved.
1: Forgive Myself: This John Lemonis / Amy Sue Keffer lyric is finely crafted and delivers a powerful message: “If Jesus can forgive me / then it’s time to forgive myself.” The bridge brings the message home: “His forgiveness is tomorrow’s hope / and where my healing starts / My failure isn’t final / although there will be scars.” Add in the conviction of Three Bridges’ passionate vocals, and this is easily the project’s strongest track.
2: The Day Nobody Praised Him: This isn’t the same song as the one by the same title that The Jody Brown Indian Family and The Anchormen recorded. It does, however, bear a strong musical and lyrical resemblance. The Anchormen/JBIF chorus ends with “But the day nobody praised Him / is why I praise Him today.” The Three Bridges song ends with “But the day nobody praised Him / is why I praise Him now.” However, set the similarities aside, and this anthem is one of the album’s high points.
3: Novelty songs (?): If you love novelty songs with a hearty scoop of soul mixed in, you will love “House of Good News,” “Shadrach,” and “Salvation Station.” And if you don’t . . . remind me again why you were purchasing a Three Bridges project?
:1: He Touched Me / My Tribute (To God Be the Glory): Both arrangements of these covers are professionally executed but don’t cover much ground that dozens of previous renditions have already covered. The album would have been stronger as a ten-song collection, leaving off these two covers.
Group Members: Elliott McCoy (baritone), Shannon Smith (lead), Jeremie Hudson (tenor).
Credits: Produced, mixed, and mastered by Rick Sandige. Recording Engineers: Rick Sandige, Paul Corley. Vocal Arrangements by Tim Parton and Three Bridges. Session led by Tim Parton. Musicians: Tim Parton (piano), Duncan Mullins (bass), Tommy Wells (drums), Kelly Back (guitar), David Floyd (orchestration and brass). Recorded at Oak Tree Studio.
Song List: Drinking From The Well (written by Dianne Wilkinson, Kelly Garner, and Amy Keffer Shellem); Forgive Myself (written by John Lemonis and Amy Sue Keffer); House of Good News (written by James Payne); Search (written by Robert MacGimsey); By His Word (written by Rebecca J. Peck and John M. Robinson); Livin’ in the Lion’s Den (written by Glen A. Bates and Glenn E. Ashworth); The Day Nobody Praised Him (written by Eric Hudson); Salvation Station (written by Richard A. Moore, Joel A Parisien, Mark S. Rogers, and Joshua F. Toal); Have a Talk with God (written by Stevie Wonder and Calvin Hardaway); He Touched Me (written by William J. Gaither); Walking With The Lord (On My Knees) (written by Michael Combs); My Tribute (written by Andraé Crouch).
Five-star songs: Forgive Myself.