The Joint Giveaway with Darrell Evans


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Darrell Evans

Darrell Evans – Nothing Less Than Everything
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ALASTAIR VANCE – go to Live to Worship
Synopsis: I wasn’t familiar with Darrell’s earlier work except for hearing Trading My Sorrows one or two times. The CD was not what I expected at all. Maybe it’s because it’s not the type of worship CD I have become accustomed to listening to over the years (i.e. Hillsong and those they influence). What is different about this album is that you nearly feel like you are imposing on Darrell’s personal worship time with God. The songs are a raw and honest cry out to Him. This is refreshing.
I shared my thoughts about this album with someone at recreate (who will rename nameless) and he summed it up like so: “It’s like watching someone washing in the shower, nice but a little uncomfortable…”. I’ve had the album for a while now since reviewing it in December last year. I listened to the album again yesterday for the first time since the first review.

Bottom Line: 3 out of 5 stars

Must Have Songs: The best songs on this album are Everything, Beautiful Savior, Hide Away, Wonderful and Light Of The World.

Songs For Church: As a worship leader, when I review an album, I have a (bad?) habit of leaning towards songs that I feel I could take and sing well in a church setting. One of my favourite songs on the album is Everything… “I lay down my everything, everything for Jesus, You are everything…“. This song is full of energy and I can see it going down well with many congregations.

This is what I found funny. See what my blogging brother and I wrote independent of one another.

JOEL KLAMPERT – go to Klampert.com & CONNER BYRD – stick around here
JK Synopsis: Uh oh…Darrell Evans review. Got a little scared about doing this one. There are certain artists out there that one gets worried about reviewing. For me reviewing him and maybe having something bad to say about “trading my sorrows” is like bashing “shout to the Lord”. For the record shoot me now. I have never liked “shout to the lord”. Now that I have that out of the way.
I got introduced to Evans with “trading my sorrows”. I used to play it in a church in Oregon and I honestly rode the fence on if I liked it or not. The congregation however ate it up which is why we did it. I tried to get into Evan’s other music and just could not. I even tried his “Consuming Fire” live CD and it just was not a sound I could get into. So needless to say I turned this CD on with trepidation.
From the first few chords my honest reaction was “HOLY CRAP! WOW”. I will get into more of the in a sec…This is a very raw worship album and I have been surprisingly blown away by what Darrell has done here.

CB Synopsis: I became nauseous when I found out we were reviewing a Darrell Evans project. His CD “the green one” transformed worship music for me back when I graduated high school! Freedom was a terrible disappointment for me and I just didn’t know what I was going to get and have to say about Nothing Less Than Everything. So thank you God that he’s made it easy for me! NLTE could not have been a bigger surprise hit for me! This is not your typical worship CD because he has put in some blood, sweat, and tears making songs that seem terribly personal and raw mixed with creative and very artistic musical accompaniments! As a seasoned veteran, even the arrangement of the CD seems thought through to pull you through the 11 tracks!

JK Bottom Line: Here we go…If you were not a fan of Darrell Evans work, like me, you sure will be now. This CD is an intimate look into the heart of worship. The arrangements on it are beautiful. Even his voice sounds better than I have ever heard it. The opening song “Worthy” is brilliant and sounds like what Brian Johnson would write.
The production is great and there are so many great interwoven sounds. And Evans hits up so many different styles yet still maintains his own flair.
I honestly don’t know what happened because this CD is so good. God’s annointing is all over this CD.
What I love most about the CD is Evans didn’t just write a bunch of songs and record them. You can actually feel the emotion in it.
A few of them have some great guitar tone, and a few tracks to me needed a little more work in the guitar tweaking.
Honestly the only song I don’t like is “You are God”. Its sounds like an odd Todd Agnew rip.
The song “Dream” goes into a little electronica meets gameboy sound and I love it.
So basically the bottom line is You must own this CD. The ratings on Evans previous CD’s for me would be very low, but this one was birthed from somewhere different. Somewhere inspired. Somewhere very holy.
4 out of 5 stars

CB Bottom Line: From the Crowder Illuminate-era Beautiful Savior to the Mutemath-ish Dream to the Brewster jazz fest of The Joy of the Lord to the sweet lullaby Hide Away with the obligatory pop favorite Everything, there’s very little to critique here! The incredible thing too is that Evans never seems to loose his identity here either! Perhaps 2 “duds” but overall there’s just so much evidence of thought and creativity that I’m just overwhelmed!
4.5 out of 5 stars!

JK Must Haves: Worthy, Beautiful Savior

CB Must Haves: Beautiful Savior and Dream tie as my favorite! Coming Home to You comes in 3rd!

JK Songs for Church: This is not a simple Chris Tomlin CD. However if your church has a band that can play pretty well there are a bunch of tracks that I think can be pulled of quite well. There are some on here which are very intimate sounding and would be best for a concert or worship evening of some sort. I will be doing “Worthy”. When “Beautiful Savior” came on my ipod I was hit with a ton of bricks. The song should be a hit. It should be on the radio. Somebody please make that happen. Either way I am going to attempt to do that one on Good Friday.

CB Songs for Church: CAUTION – many of these songs will be difficult to replicate for a typical worship band. This is NOT 3 chords strummed in G with the minor in the bridge 🙂 SO, that being said, you might have to be creative in stripping some of them down. Everything seems like the one groomed for congregational worship. That and The Joy of the Lord are a mush have in a celebratory church. I would totally LOVE to pull off Beautiful Savior. Wonderful and You are God seem easily transferable and many of the rest are definitely doable for topical/performance songs if not appropriate for your church’s worship style.

I’m so excited by the Joint! I love working with these 2 guys! I hope you enjoy the different perspectives!

Make sure you comment here or any of the other 2 blogs and you’ll be entered to win the Kari Jobe Digital Songbook!

23 Responses to “The Joint Giveaway with Darrell Evans”

  1. March 19, 2009 at 8:12 am

    Did you know Lincoln Brewster used to play lead for Darrell?

    In other related news, I haven’t heard from Darrell in a long time. Maybe I will preview a few of these songs.

  2. March 19, 2009 at 8:14 am

    Jeremy…you have to hear this CD. It is flippin insane. I can’t stop listening to it.

  3. March 19, 2009 at 9:08 am

    I’ve been a Darrel Evans fan since the beginning… have been somewhat disappointed by recent recordings and look forward to hearing this new one. Thanx for the reviews. They give me hope! 😉

  4. March 19, 2009 at 9:11 am

    @Jeremy DUDE you need to check it out.

    @Shawn I’m with you man. Hopefully you’ll dig this.
    I forgot to mention that I wasn’t totally all about some of the guitar tones but what’s played is pretty sweet.

    @Klampert man we were separated at birth I tell you 🙂

  5. March 19, 2009 at 11:07 am

    I actually have been looking forward to hearing this album. I heard about it not long ago, and like Darrell’s writing. As a worship leader, I am always looking for cool new worship stuff for church. I understand the comment about the stuff may not be normal worship in key of G with minor in the bridge, but I always love putting cool things together, and trying to introduce different textures.

  6. March 19, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    Wow. I’m wondering when the Michael W. Smith review is dropping.

    Just kidding!!!

    🙂 So I’m actually a fairly big fan Darrell Evan’s music – Even “Trading My Sorrows”. I’ll have to check this one out I suppose.

    You guys gotta slow down – you’re blowing up my music budget!

  7. March 19, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    FWIW, a Michael W. Smith song is what prompted my wife to find a relationship with Christ, and he has a lot of really good songs.

    Just not a ton lately (IMnotsohumbleO)….

  8. March 19, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    @pkillur dude I hope you’re a winner this week!

  9. 9 Aaron Crawford
    March 19, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Love Darrell Evans, been a big fan for a long time. Will have to check out this new CD. I will say however, that I feel it’s a bit odd to review and critique worship, but I guess like all other music, some are better than others…

  10. March 19, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    The defense would like to cross examine, would you care to expound on that statement Mr. Crawford?

  11. March 19, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    I always liked Darrell, myself – led worship with him before on a worship conference weekend, and had him here on St. Simons way back when … it was great. I love this new album, too!

  12. 12 Aaron Crawford
    March 19, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    It would be hard for me to explain, my own thoughts about it are conflicting.
    On one hand, I see no problem with people giving their opinion on anything, especially something mass-marketed and for sale, (which this CD obviously is) since buying something without a good knowledge of what you are getting is foolish (for the most part).
    On the other hand, I get a twist in my stomach when I think of using such an intimate experience as worship and judging it like it was a competition.
    Like I said, I’m conflicted on this issue, and I definitely am not commenting to be a downer on what you guys are doing.
    Oh, and I still want to have my name in the hat for a free CD because the reviews make it sound rocking!

  13. 13 Rae
    March 19, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    OH MY GOSH this post is WAAAAAAAAAAAY too long for me to read. Since Conner says the CD is good, then I guess it must be. I will have to listen to it.


  14. March 19, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Its a bit long to read, but come on! Talk about complete. Thanks guys. Can I win now? 😉

  15. 15 Chad
    March 19, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    I have never heard of Darrell Evans before, but I like the sound of a raw, honest cry out to God

  16. March 19, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    thanks for the review! i have always liked Darrel Evans cause he writes with passion and really does not care whether he should follow a “winning formula” like many contemporary worship artists seems to be doing each album.

  17. March 19, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Yeah we got a little longwinded 🙂

    Aaron – I think that’s an interesting debate. People think I love to criticize music and especially Christian music but I don’t. I do think that sometimes we take off any filter that would weed out poorly done music in the Christian scene because it’s “for God” and I just don’t think I buy that mentality. My criticisms thus far haven’t been anything personal on these artists. It’s mostly my personal taste or things that hopefully would encourage the artist and not make them feel bad. I think you call me on the carpet when I begin to do that.
    Since you have said that I might rethink my ‘grading scale.’ Because that does seem like taking a dig at the artist but it’s not meant to be.
    Jesus tells a parable about a servant who takes his talent and buries it in the ground. He calls him not only a lazy servant but a wicked servant. I become very cautious and worried when we don’t take seriously the gifts that God has given us.

  18. 18 Alastair Vance
    March 19, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    I like what Aaron has to say there. Something to keep in mind while reviewing.

    At the end of the day, it’s just our own personal opinion on the album being reviewed. Hopefully with the three of us you will get some kind of balanced view.

  19. March 20, 2009 at 7:12 am

    Great reviews Guys!

    I’ve been a DE fan for most of my worship leading “career” and always shudder when I hear BAD ARRANGEMENTS of his great tunes.

    Of course, there are tunes written by any and everybody that just grate on us…but for the most part I’ve always enjoyed DE’s stuff front to back.

  20. March 23, 2009 at 4:58 am

    Send me a CD, so I can check it out too… 🙂

  21. July 31, 2009 at 8:34 am

    Hey guys. Thanks for taking time to review “NLTE”. It’s never comfortable reading a review on something that you’ve put your love, worship, self(or death of), and money into. In fact, my wife almost forbids me to read anything that anyone has written about me, my music, my ministry. But I just couldn’t help it here. I did this project absolutely independent which is why it sounds different than you may have expected from me. I really appreciated your thoughts/comments and I hope it spurs people to give it a shot. I just wanted to make a record that I would want to listen to as well as challenge bands to be more creative. My next project will probably have to be all acoustic so I can put bread on the table again. Joking-somewhat. Peace and thanks again. DE

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