Island Style Christian Music
Street Date: May 24, 2017
Style: Island Music / Reggae
Official Site: Official Website
Buy It: iTunes
The classic sounds of Summer are in full swing with beach tunes like "Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer" by Nat King Cole and any Jimmy Buffet fanfare. Hoping to add his interpretation to those warm summer nights is Gerard Powell with his double-album, Island Style Christian Music. As the title of Powell's album implies, this is a collection of island-style covers of contemporary worship songs and hymns of old. Some tracks are absolutely recognizable, while get a bit lost in translation. A few major highlights that may be familiar to listeners are songs such as "The Old Rugged Cross," "Amazing Grace," "Oh Happy Day" and "Lord I Lift Your Name on High." In addition, listeners may notice a few childhood Sunday school songs they may have grown up with like, "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands" and "Yes, Jesus Loves Me." Sadly, I can't say many are given proper treatment or are improvements on the originals. Powell's limited instrumentation, overly auto-tuned vocals, and lacking production quality make this an album that is a lot to digest. Additionally, lasting at a staggering 26 tracks, the album starts to feel like late night karaoke at a Christian luau. Overall, Gerard Powell's music is not something I'd honestly recommend to anyone outside the target audience; this album is extremely specific in nature and would benefit greatly from a higher quality production. However, that is not to say that there is no fan base for Powell's music; it just might be much smaller than comparable musicians. Nevertheless, loyalty to an art can transcend loyalty to an artist. Furthermore, while Powell's music might not be appealing to a wide audience, he clearly displays his passion for making music to the Lord, and in that regard, no one can judge or find fault.
- Review date: 6/8/17, written by Ryan Barbee of Jesusfreakhideout.com