CD Review: It Just Started For Me (Cross 4 Crowns)
Last year, when Cross 4 Crowns released Turning Point, I gave it a 5-star rating (here)—pretty much unheard of for a debut project, particularly from a group not started by an already known personality.
Since that album’s release, the group’s one previously known name, Dallas Rogers, left and ultimately joined the Inspirations. After a brief stint with Matt Felts at the tenor spot, they ended up hiring Marcus Faulknor. (Faulknor is cousin to the three Faulknor brothers who comprise another relatively new Crossroads artist, Voices Won.)
This album is at the same quality level as their last one, and overall is nearly as good. (Turning Point set the bar so high that I consider coming close commendable.) The only area where I’d give Turning Point a slight edge is in the classic / convention songs; uncovered forgotten gems like “Things that I’m Seeing” and “Take a Little Look” helped set the group apart a little more than already-familiar songs like “What a Wonderful Time” and “Under Control.” Make no mistake, though, both of the two new songs are executed at a high level of quality.
Most of the group members point to either Greater Vision or the Kingdom Heirs as their favorite group. With Kingdom Heirs lead singer Arthur Rice at the helm, both projects have clearly showed the Kingdom Heirs influence. Their Greater Vision influence is a little more clear on this project; they cut two Rodney Griffin songs, a new song called “We Are Almost Home” and a song Greater Vision cut in 2007 (on Everyday People) but never singled, “The First and Last.” Both songs are uptempo and great fits for a convention-style quartet.
One other highlight is “Thinking More of Heaven,” the same song their Crossroads label-mates The Inspirations cut on their most recent project, The Son Came Down. The song works well for both groups, but their arrangements and audiences differ enough that there should be little or no conflict with the nearly simultaneous cut.
It Just Started For Me establishes that Cross 4 Crowns isn’t just a one-hit-album wonder. If they can hold on to their current lineup—particularly bass singer Justin Terry—they have what it takes to be a major player on the national stage.
Rating: 4 stars. ♦ Average song rating: 3.8 stars. ♦ Group members: Marcus Faulknor, Davis McCammon Jr., Allen Leath, Justin Terry. ♦ Produced by: Jeff Collins, Arthur Rice, Allen Leath. ♦ Review copy provided. ♦ Song list: What a Wonderful Time; The First and Last; The Blood Remains; Keep Living For Jesus; It Just Started For Me; Under Control; Thinking More of Heaven; Come to the River; We Are Almost Home; He Could Have Called Ten Thousand Angels; There’s Only One Well.