Sojourn, Come Ye Sinners - Review
The newest offering from Sojourn Music is called Come Ye Sinners. The album was recorded on Good Friday 2012 and while being a set of songs perfect for a Good Friday service, these songs are built right to the core of our worship experience.
The album begins with the song “Sing My Soul”. It is a mid-tempo song that has a bit of an indie/folk feel to it. Lyrically it is excellent. The chorus is fantastic: “Sing my soul, adore and wonder, at my Saviour’s grace and mercy. See our Great Redeemer humbly clothed in death now robed in victory”. The song is a perfect fit for singing as a community.
The title track “Come Ye Sinners” is a great reminder of Jesus’ call for all men to come to him. The song is a classic hymn from 1759 by Joseph Hart. This modern adaptation of the song has a bluesy feel that really adds to the groove and tone of the album. Classic hymns hold so much truth in them - I love to see churches working them into their services. This is no exception.
The blues and bluegrass feel of this album is exemplified with the song “Beautiful Scandalous Night”. It is a cover originally written by Bebo Norman and Leigh Nash. It is a great song with the feel of a hymn. I love the focus on the power of the crucifixion and resurrection and how following Christ in His resurrection brings freedom.
This song bleeds right through into the next track which is a cover of the song “Death in His Grave” by John Mark McMillan. In both of these, the electric guitar work is phenomenal in building the blues feel of the music. “Death in His Grave” is a song familiar to many, but this will be a great fresh take on the song.
Overall this is one of the best worship albums I have heard in a while. It is intensely personal while simultaneously being perfect for the community as a whole. While much of the music made for worship has a stadium feel, this has the kind of feel which reminds you of family gatherings and summer camp meetings. It manages to blend the faith of our fathers and this modern generation seamlessly.
I would rate it a five star worship album. It should be a staple of what congregational worship is becoming.
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