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Love Divine - CD Review

By Mathew Reames on April 18, 2011

Kingsway worship celebrates the hymns of Charles Wesley with the new Album - Love Divine. Various Kingsway Artists, including Tim Hughes, Chris McClarney, Brian & Jenn Johnson, Kim Walker-Smith, and others recorded modern arrangements of Wesley’s powerful music.

The first track on the Album, “I Know that My Redeemer Lives” is a wonderful arrangement of this powerful hymn by Tim Hughes. He gives it modern instrumentation and rhythm, but does not sacrifice any of the power of the lyricism. If this had been included on Tim’s new CD the average person might not realize it wasn’t his song.

“Come Thou Long Expected Jesus” is a familiar song to many because of Chris Tomlin’s version, but Brian Johnson recorded on this album for Kingsway. Driving drums are a strong mark of this song. This is a song I expect to see used in many churches. It takes the lyricism of hymns and the pulse of Modern worship and blends them perfectly.

“Oh For A Thousand Tongues To Sing” is a classic and has been done many times by many people, but with that rich heritage behind, Chris McClarney finds a way to reinvent the song as his own. This song has such a rich build to it, that when he gets to the instrumental interlude, you can’t help but worship with everything you have.

Another well-known track on this album is “Christ The Lord is Risen Today” Aaron Keys does a brilliant job mixing several synthesized sounds and a deep feel to set the early tone, but as he reaches into the “Hallelujah” sections it builds into explosive Joyful Praise.

This is a wonderful modern adaptation of the Hymns of Wesley and should be a standard on any worship leaders shelf. Every song is done by a different artist which shows the versatility of the hymns. No two sound alike in the least. Grab this and it will rejuvenate a liturgical love for hymns within your spirit.

-Review by Mathew Reames

(review CD provided by Kingsway)

This album releases tomorrow, April 19, 2011.

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Mathew Reames

Mathew Reames

Mathew is a missionary and a worship leader serving the global body of Christ through worship training, biblical teaching, and evangelism. He resides in Lawrence, KS and Serves at Eagle Rock Church when not on the mission field.