Before And After: 3 Things You Need to Know| Posted July 29, 2015 1.A Musical Appetizer
At only 3 songs officially on the EP, this release serves as a sort of appetizer to what could hopefully be a shining new voice on the R&B/Pop scene. Opening track "Lord of All" is a great introduction to Mr. Evans' vocals. With a shiny pop-synth foundation, soft acoustic guitar is layered into inviting details and meshes well with Evans' vocals. The chorus is an energetic pop highlight that could serve well as a radio hit. There's even a rap post-bridge. The other originals don't shine quite as brightly, but they are still good demonstrations of what Evans is capable of.
2. A Spin on Worship Favorites
Two "bonus track" worship covers round out the album. "Oceans" and "I Will Follow" are well known to the CCM community. The latter fares a bit better in the execution, but that's partially due to the over-domination of "Oceans" these past few years. When everybody is doing a song, it's a lot harder to make your cover stand out.
3. Staying Focused
Chad Evans knows how to keep the songs focused on Christ. Christ's sacrifice on Calvary is a prominent theme in the original tracks, and consequently so is the worship due to Him from us. The worship songs complement the vertical themes very well. Overall, the EP is a satisfying worship experience, and this is a guy to keep your eye on for future releases.
New faces hit the Indie Christian music scene all the time. Chad Evans has the sound to stand out from the pack given time. The originals on this EP are catchy and approach worship with a melodically inviting sound. The worship covers are at least serviceable for a new artist. The EP as a whole is an intriguing introduction to a promising new artist. I can't help but hope the "after" of this EP is a successful musical run.
Song to Download Now:
"Lord of All" (Get it on iTunes here.)