Aeram Evans - Streets Of Gold

Published Wednesday 11th July 2007
Aeram Evans - Streets Of Gold
Aeram Evans - Streets Of Gold

STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop
RATING 5 5 5 5 5
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 22815-12451
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Paddy Hudspith

The follow-up to 2005's all-Welsh language CD 'Agape,' 'Streets Of Gold' sees Aeram Evans going all-English this time around, delivering 10 tracks of polite acoustic pop worship, featuring well delivered but unsurprising arrangements. The songs here are timeless in an inoffensive, "your grandma would probably like it" kind of way, but (very) occasionally the guitar gets cranked up a little for a tasty solo. There's an end times, Revelation theme to a couple of the tracks, a welcome variation from the usual topics of most new worship, and Evans also dips into the Psalms for inspiration on "Blessed Is The Man" (Psalm 1) and "Praise The Lord" (Psalm 146). Evans sings with a clear vocal style, quite accomplished but with little to astonish the casual listener or mark him out as distinctive. He seems to remind me of every MOR worship leader I've heard before, which is a good thing if the songs are to be the point of focus rather than the performer of them, not so if the songwriting isn't especially impressive.

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Reader Comments

Posted by chris in united kingdom @ 00:53 on Sep 13 2007

MY comments concerning The review above are as follows:
Firstly,Aeram's songs appeal both to the old and young alike in my View..which is a welcome Relief to me in this age of so much Heavy beats that seems to be THE most popular thing these days..but decent contemporary and inspiring music such as Aeram's songs should be ecouraged and does appeal to both old and young alike..unless the Listener is into either very Old hyms or very ungodly heavy beats such as hard rock,which has Defiitely no place in Worship..

Secondly,The fact Aeram uses the Psalms is to his Credit and a plus rather than a minus..My Estimation is that he is very talented and his style of Christian music is Desperately lacking in the Church today..

Lastly but not least,The comment made by the reviewer above is rather a Strange one especially the Comment concerning "Grampa"was actually insulting to be Honest..i wonder what Style of gospel music does the Reviewer consider positive and inspirational?
Chris Moore

Reply by john seamore in england @ 03:52 on Sep 27 2008

i think the post by chris moore is appauling
the saying is "god gave roc k and roll to you"
metal included which helps many people in this life to get on the christian church limits an all powerfull
creative god who has helped man create all musics

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Posted by sian ifan in swansea wales @ 00:08 on Sep 13 2007

I have bought and listened ,more than once to this album and one needs to listen more than once to any album to give it a fair critique. Also, of course, it then comes down to individual taste and I wouls suspect that this reviewer is not in to 'Christian rock messages from the heart' compositions. I have seen Aeram Evans in performance and he is a powerful singer, songwriter performer. You are assured of your money's worth when you go and see him entertain his audience. Agape has been composed as a worship album - and professionally done. This album has been produced as an expression of Aeram Evans's own spiritual experiences for the benefit of those wishing to compare, share or learn from those experiences; It was never produced with money grabbing selling merchants or
negative disinterested reviewers in mind. In my mind, anyone genuinely wishing to promote the message of Christianity should welcome such an enspiring and powerful album; this review was concietful and pompous, to say the least, and was certainly not in the Christian spirit Readers of the review should buy the album and see for themselves what a 'let down' to the Christian cause this reviewer (whoever he is) is.

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