The Donut Man - Rob Evans - Good Shepherd

Published Monday 9th July 2007
The Donut Man - Rob Evans - Good Shepherd
The Donut Man - Rob Evans - Good Shepherd

STYLE: Childrens
RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 17256-12460
LABEL: Just For Kids 99082
RRP: £7.99

Reviewed by Trevor Kirk

An album originally released in 2002 of American kids' music entitled 'Good Shepherd' is enough to make anyone feel sheepish - however, I was pleasantly surprised when I finally shoved this in the CD player. Rob Evans, aka The Donut Man, has a reasonable track record in this genre, as far as I know he's not currently wanted in any international jurisdictions for crimes against music, and by and large this album lobs along very cheerfully. Some songs I recognised from the old Hosanna! days of the late 1980s ("Rejoice In The Lord" by Russell Lowe and Gerrit Gustafson and Don Moen's "I Was Glad" medley-ised in country style as of yore), and despite some rather cringeworthy moments (usually the spoken bits between songs, which grate), the kids sing more or less in tune more or less all of the time. Rob's voice never was the best in the world (rather like our own kids' music maestro Ishmael), but the songs teach Biblical truth, drawing on Psalm 23, the Parable of the Lost Sheep, David and Goliath and of course Jesus as the Good Shepherd. It's not a Grammy winner by any means, but it's not as awful as it could have been.

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