Eaton - What Kind Of Love
by Paul M. Carhart
Originally published in The Lighthouse Electronic
What do you get when one of Christian music's most prolific songwriters
releases an album of his own? In the case of Chris Eaton, you get
a wide array of extremely listenable pop songs that bring glory
to God, comment on life on planet Earth and just plain make you
problem with Chris Eaton's music is that it is so widely liked within
the industry. Often this results in his songs being recorded by
a myriad of other artists. Indeed, one can find Eaton's tunes on
recent releases by Michelle Tumes, Amy Grant and Jaci
Velasquez. While other artists are releasing Eaton's songs as
singles from their albums (Eaton's "God So Loved The World" shares
existence on What Kind Of Love as well as being Velasquez's
latest single from her new release), Eaton gives us a chance to
hear the songs the way he envisioned them as well.
in Europe last year with a different title, What Kind Of Love
continues the effects-laden, heavily synthesized pop stylings of
his 1995 release, Wonderful World: Plenty of soulful ballads
with a rocker ("Ordinary People" even has live drums in it) thrown
in for good measure. Highlights include his Celtic-influenced "Boat
Of Devotion", the aforementioned sure-fire Jaci Velasquez hit, "God
So Loved The World", the title track, co-written by Amy Grant (Grant's
version can be found on the uncommon companion CD that sold withBehind
The Eyes at mainstream outlets such as Target) and the extremely
lighthearted hidden eleventh track (at least on the CD) in which
Eaton croons about enjoying life and how great a day it is...a fun
topper to the entire project.
his songwriting popularity, Chris Eaton is a top rate performer
himself. It is no coincidence that many of the artists who perform
his music are women. Eaton has quite the vocal range, seemingly
able to hit the higher notes effortlessly and writing his music
to match. Eaton's control is also remarkable, making all of his
hard work look all to easy.
donned the producer's hat as well for this album and makes a seamless
transition from his previous project. In fact, both projects could
have been recorded yesterday or both could have been recorded back
in the eighties. The fact is that Chris Eaton's music is timeless,
much like the God it reflects.
he won't wait so long for the next one.