Listen to the album Darkness Won't Prevail by Eternal Friends!
Listen to the album Darkness Won't Prevail by Eternal Friends!

JFH Staff Review


Darrell Evans, Fearless
CLICK COVER TO ENLARGE

Darrell Evans
Fearless



Genre(s): Worship
Album length: 10 tracks: 35 minutes, 46 seconds
Street Date: September 25, 2015


READER RATING:   


Before there was a Delirious? or a Sonicflood, before there was a Chris Tomlin or a David Crowder Band, there was Darrell Evans. As many youth group kids in the early-to-mid 90's can attest, Evans helped usher in the modern worship era with such songs as "Trading My Sorrows (Yes Lord)," "Let The River Flow" and "I Lay Me Down." Evans helped pave the way for electric guitars on a Sunday morning, and his songs continue to find their place in the CCLI top songs sung in Churches around the world.

But Evans' latest album, Fearless, is anything but a classic. In an attempt to "modernize" Evans's sound, the album's producers have added a litany of sounds, textures and odd effects that don't mesh at all with Evan's simple and straightforward songwriting. Sounding like a latter-day, warmed-over Bon Jovi album, Fearless sinks under the weight of odd choices and uninspired songs.

The odd choices come fast and furious in the first five seconds of album opener "The Lord's Prayer." A series of robotic blips and bloops is followed by an over-processed vocal from Evans in what sounds like a higher-than-normal key for him. "The Lord's Prayer" is a well-intended mess of an opening salvo, and things struggle to get better on the next track, "Unmistakable," with Evans over-singing against a bombastic score. The title song comes next, with a distorted, garbled vocal and a cartoonish mash of sound. The song improves a bit from there, but not by much. "Yesterday's Gone," "Clean" and "Provider" all float by without much to note, except that "Provider" is the best song on the project, due to its more stripped-down nature.

"Charity" finds Evans going in a more coherent direction, with a song of hope for a stressed out girl named Charity. With an 80's, Phil Collins vibe, "Charity" could have been an interesting song and stylish curveball, but at 2:22 seconds in length, it barely registers before the 80's love song clunker "That's Why" comes along. With lyrics like "won't stop sleeping in the bed we made / Baby, I'm not afraid to stay in this forever," Evans channels the 80's blue-eyed soul of the early MTV era, but the song sounds more like a parody of that era that you might see on a YouTube clip.

And then the album ends with a nearly-exact version (it's two minutes shorter) of "You Could Never Be Praised Enough," a song from Evans's last album that was put out just two years ago on the same record label. With only ten songs on the album, including a duplicate song is a head-scratching decision, but not one that is out of character with the rest of the album.

Veteran artists often go through the "updating their sound" phase, but the stylistic lurch from Evans' last album, Awesome God Is He, to Fearless is evidence that some updates are worth considering for a few more minutes.

- Review date: 9/25/15, written by Alex Caldwell of Jesusfreakhideout.com


Listen to the new project from Elohin!

 

. Record Label: DREAM Worship
. Album length: 10 tracks: 35 minutes, 46 seconds
. Street Date: September 25, 2015
. Buy It: iTunes
. Buy It: AmazonMP3

  1. The Lord's Prayer (3:08)
  2. Unmistakable (2:48)
  3. Fearless (3:37)
  4. Light Of The World (4:46)
  5. Yesterday's Gone (3:22)
  6. Clean (3:59)
  7. Provider (3:52)
  8. Charity (2:22)
  9. That's Why (3:37)
  10. You Could Never Be Praised Enough (4:15)

 



Leave a Comment

comments powered by Disqus

 

 

go to main Album review page
go to Album review archive

 


(JFH Sponsor Spot)

 

 

           
Listen to the new project from Elohin!

Search JFH



This Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Jon Foreman Doubt - EP [Lowercase People]


This Friday, November 27, 2020
Jeff Deyo From Eternity EP (independent)
Planetshakers It's Christmas Live [Venture3Media]


Next Friday, December 4, 2020
**No Known Releases**

Thursday, December 10, 2020
Neal Morse Jesus Christ The Exorcist (Live At Morsefest 2018) [Frontiers]


Friday, December 11, 2020
Patrick Mayberry Breakthrough Miracle Power - Single [Centricity]


For all release dates, click here!
 



Pre-order the new album from Robby John!




Listen to the new album from MC Hamsa!