Loose Cannon - Review
Covenant is Brian Workman, Erik Johansen, Dan
Rathbun and Charlie Crane.
Covenant has made a quality pop-rock CD that not
only centers on Christ,
but emphasizes Biblical Christianity. In fact,
the title of the disc, "Loose
Cannon" is very representative and thematic of
the entire album. Songwriter
and band architect Charlie Crane hammers home a
that many will find blunt and less in line with
the feel-good gospel which has
replaced old-time Truth. Content wise, Covenant
realizes the potential of
their early demos.
"Loose Cannon" begins with an odd ping-pong ball
sound, followed by some
"Thank You" is a straight forward praise tune that is catchy enough to leave an imprint inside the "that song is playing in my head" part of the brain. A fuzzy background guitar/keyboard make nice canvas for a bouncy acoustic hook that hooks you in.
"Inside Out" is
turbo-charged, highway driving, air-guitaring,
lip-synching pop-rock at
"Superstar" finds the whole band being utilized with great precision. Erik Johansen (drums) infuses "Superstar" with a backbeat worthy of Crane's layered guitar sound wall, and Dan Rathbun's keyboard fills. Again, Crane's guitar solo is impressive and adds more dimension to the song. Subject matter; love God where you are, and don't worry about being the best, just be good for the Lord!
"I Will Praise You" is a wonderful praise song that I swear someone else had to have written. But alas, Charlie Crane has written a gem of pure worship. Nice job, Charlie.
"Broadgate" is a scary song, that for some reason, makes me ponder hell like few other songs I've heard. It's music is dark and brooding, with angry guitars and Erik Johansen scalding the drum kit. Don't open the broad gate... a warning we should all heed with urgency.
"Glory" is a very introspective look at God's glory and what our eternal focus should be.
"In Control" could be my personal favorite Covenant song as it's mid-tempo melody and smart lyric make for a memorable voyage. "You are over all and I can trust in you...you are in control". I love Charlie's vocal as it continues to improve and feels very in control on "In Control". Also, the song contains a very cool, bare, acoustic break. Perfectly executed pop-rock.
"Because Of You" utilizes the trademark Covenant guitar layering as it tells the story of Jesus and what he's done for us.
"Happiness" is the popiest Covenant song on the collection and could easily be a CCM hit single. The content isn't quite as theologically potent as the rest of the album, but certainly tells the gospel tale in a firm, praiseworthy fashion. Dan Rathbun's keyboard sound reminds me of "You Are The Girl" by the Cars featuring Greg Hawkes. Just some useless '80's flashing-back by the reviewer...sorry.
"Fixed On You" is a devastatingly true lyric that catches the listener off guard with it's veneer finish and honest transparency. The simplicity of Crane's lesson in "duh" makes for some great drama and should convict the listener of various sins. Crane's vocal here is as good as it's ever been.
"Not Like Us" wraps up "Loose Cannon" on an upbeat note. The song is a trademark reminder and a Biblical checklist of who Christ is. By finishing with this rocker, Covenant makes a case for boldness and lasting impressions. And that's likely what "Loose Cannon" will do-leave lasting impressions. It will also put you in touch with God's handbook-The Bible!
Covenant has staked out it's charge to Biblical literacy and accountability. You often hear how Christians shouldn't hit non-believers over the head with the Bible. But why not hit so-called believers over the head? I say, amen to that. As a musical work, "Loose Cannon" is surprisingly satisfying and captures the essence of power chord laden pop. Tom Sholtz would likely be impressed with Crane's one-man production and fluid guitar work. For an indie project, the production values are sky high. This will play fine on a boom-box or in surround sound. God has blessed these boys with tremendous gifts. "Loose Cannon" is an offering back to God, and the music will bring more fame and glory to the Man who went Calvary for you and I. Super well done, boys! Five stars!