Edwin Brown - Christ For Me

Published Wednesday 29th July 2009
Edwin Brown - Christ For Me
Edwin Brown - Christ For Me

STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 77724-15456
LABEL: Kingsway KMCD2967
RELEASE DATE: 2009-03-27
RRP: £2.99

Reviewed by Andy Cooper

His record label describes him as an "Irish tenor" with "majestically arranged" songs. So before the CD completed its first spin, comparisons were imagined with Michael Ball and Russell Watson. But such misjudgement could lead to disappointment. Edwin is more like Boyzone for grown-ups: soft pop with occasional Celtic and classical influences. His voice is gentle and pure, suiting the sensitive accompaniments laid down by experienced producer Mark Edwards. He soothes rather than stirs, brings peace rather than power. Worship is the focus, and Edwin has composed nine out of the 10 songs featured here. They are steady and hymn-like at times, easy enough for a congregation to pick up, and pretty solid theologically. Not particularly experimental or unique, but not at all bad. "Christ For Me" and "Wonderful Grace" are among the highlights.

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Product Description
‘Christ For Me’ is the fantastic debut Kingsway Music album from Irish Tenor Edwin Brown. A stunning album of new worship songs majestically arranged and produced by Mark Edwards.

Reader Comments

Posted by Katharine Davis. Mrs in United Kingdom @ 09:52 on Jul 24 2016

I have been searching online for some background on Edwin brown. I'm enjoying listening to him and would like to know more about him. I always do this for singers and writers, artists etc.

Posted by Trevor St. Bruno in Coleraine @ 16:35 on Aug 21 2009

If memory serves me correctly, Mr Cooper has for the past decade been working for a leading maker of digital sound desks as their training sound engineer. This means he has to train sound engineers and help them out at gigs until they are fully acquainted with the desk. He has worked with Eric Clapton and U2 in the rock world to opera houses throughout the world.
Now, if only he knew another Irish band.....
He was often seen at Cross Rhythm festivals mixing for artists of all styles. I have met him there a few times. The article wasn't knocking this Irish tenor and when you re-read it and take away your own subjective thoughts, will realise it is fair.
Opinions are like tummy buttons. Everyone has one! Andy's opinions though, are well founded and written without prejudice! I wonder how many of you actually know the man or even go to the same church as him!

Posted by Andy Cooper in Surrey @ 14:22 on Aug 20 2009

Thanks to everyone who has commented.

I never mean to cause offence or discouragement with my reviews. Sorry the guys above feel that way: you have misunderstood what I wrote...and discouraged me...

By the way, I listen to all my reviewed material 4 or 5 times all the way through, to give them a fair chance to grow on me.

And what is a "review" if it is not one man's opinion of a product? You should always read several different reviews to form a more balanced view...

At least Edwin should be encouraged by your fervour.

Posted by John Mcswiggan in Coleraine, northern Ireland @ 16:43 on Jul 31 2009

I have to agree with Peter Freemans comment above. I've heard Edwin play and perform live many times and he is nothing like Boyzone. If I were being very cynical I would suggest that Andy Cooper hasn't bothered to listen to the album and has perhaps tried to draw a tenuous link to the only Irish band he knows, Boyzone. Edwin is not manufactured , he is not even pop, it's an album of modern hymns for worship. Moreover, the comparisons to Michael Ball & Russel Watson undermine the objective reality that Edwin has an astounding voice. For those who do read the review it does a terrible diservice to a very talented artist. Don't be put off by the misguided comparisons and judge for yourself.

Posted by Peter Freeman in London @ 01:46 on Jul 30 2009

I've heard Edwin Brown in concert with David Phelps (from The Gaither Vocal Band), and just bought his debut CD "Christ for me". I think he is absolutely amazing, and to describe him "more like Boyzone" than "Michael Ball" is a completely misleading statement, and in my opinion, a very uneducated and completely misguided comment to make. Edwin Brown is an extremely gifted, anointed and exceptional vocalist I would have to question Andy Cooper's credentials??

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