From time to time on this blog, I will write a review of some sort. I generally write book reviews. However, whenever music really grabs me, I write about it.
So, here I am, writing a review of “Home”, the latest CD from Anthony Evans. I’ve been listening to his music for years, – since his “Even More” days – so I confess up front that I am a fan and this review may be a bit skewed toward the fact that I really appreciate the way God uses him through song.
Anthony is a gifted singer. Not the kind of singer where you can tell that they’ve had some vocal training and therefore they want to show you all of their skill in one song. I confess that I don’t know if he’s been trained that way but my point is this – no matter what he sings, he makes it sound effortless. I believe that I would buy an album of him singing the phone book for no other reason than the fact that God has gifted him through song. He has given him an amazing voice and the whole world should hear it!
In fact, I am giving the “Home” CD as Christmas gifts – I purchased five for gifts and downloaded a copy for myself.
That being said, here are some praise points: In my humble opinion, “Home” is Anthony’s best CD yet. And that’s really a big praise from me considering that I was stuck on “The Bridge” CD for what seemed like a lifetime. It’s not always that he’s singing new or original music. It’s the way he sings the lyrics. Anthony adds an element of drama to the music that puts the listener into anticipatory mode. I listen with expectation that the next note or the next lyric is going to deliver me to some place that I wasn’t expecting.
If you look through his tweets and followers (he’s @anthonyevansjr), you’ll see that I’m not alone in this expectation. Many people tweet about what he’s singing being the very thing that they need in that moment of their lives. That’s ministry folks. His music does ministry.
I am particularly fond of a few songs on the “Home” CD. I L.O.V.E. the “How He Loves” Interlude and song … talk about drama there! And even though there are other versions of “How He Loves”, it’s worth taking a listen to Anthony’s version. It changed me. I also love “Take Over” with Tamela Mann. It’s such sincere worship. Just like “My Desire” – the CD opens with this song and the lyrics are so powerful and praise-oriented. It’s the right song that sets the tone for the entire CD.
One of the most candid and vulnerable songs is “Fighting for Me.” This song takes me to a place of my own vulnerability – when I try to hold on to the ever elusive feeling of control – only to realize that God Himself is doing the fighting and all I really need to do is to rest in the comfort of that knowledge. God is and always has been in control. All I ever needed to do was to get out of His way – He’s fighting for me.
I’m not going to tell you about every song on the CD. That’s your homework. Go ahead and purchase it for yourself…and a few friends…and be prepared for this music to minister to you.