CD Review: Jeff Treece Band (Angels Watching)

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RATING: 3 Stars

Label: Crossroads Records
Producers: Chris White and Jeff Collins
Song Titles: “Angels Watching,” “Gave It All To Me,” “I Couldn’t Have Lost Her (To A Better Man),” “Shine On,” “More Than Ready,” “Motor Home Song,” “11:59,” “Do The Math,” “That’s What I Call A Friend,” and “Little Hope Baptist Church”

Jeff Treece has a style of Country diction that you’ll either enjoy or find annoying. His voice suits the style of music that the Jeff Treece Band plays, and he has a knack for finding your funny bone, your heart or both…at times.

Angels Watching begins with the title track, a song that Marine Moms Online adopted as their official theme song. “I Couldn’t Have Lost Her To A Better Man” isn’t about a cheating wife, though it sounds like it could be if you just read the title…or if you just hear the first two verses, for that matter. It all becomes clear in the tag at the end if you’re too dense to figure it out before then. “More Than Ready” has a bluegrass treatment with some help on vocals from Gus Gaches, Alisha Howard, and Jeff Pearles. It’s the best track on the CD. “Motor Home Song,” as you’d expect, is a comedic look at getting older and traveling the countryside in a vehicle that gets nine miles per gallon. “Little Hope Baptist Church” is in a similar comedic vein…someone screams like a girl and moos like a cow before it’s all said and done…we’re talking Ray Stevens type stuff…just not quite as funny.

A few of the tracks on Angels Watching aren’t nearly as memorable. This CD isn’t for everyone. On a positive note, the music track quality is very good. Assuming Treece’s vocal style suits your personal listening preferences, this recording is up to snuff in terms of the way it sounds. Unfortunately, the lyrics range from forgettable to cheesy for the most part…the quality of the songwriting is hit and miss with one or two more misses than hits.

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David Bruce Murray

David Bruce Murray is a church music director in Ellenboro, NC. He is the author of Murray's Encyclopedia Of Southern Gospel Music and the owner of both SGHistory.com and MusicScribe.com. David plays piano for Southern Sounds Quartet and the Foothills Community Choir.

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