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The Hymns Collective: Session 1 - Review

The Hymns Collective: Session 1 - Review

By Wayne Wrzesinski on March 24, 2013

I was pretty excited about getting a chance to review The Hymns Collective: Session 1, from Integrity Music. This album features Abby Eaton, Chris Weningar, Savannah Ellis and a few others performing classic hymns (mostly with new melodies).

It is a truly worshipful and relaxing album. The arrangements are very acoustic, with mostly guitars, piano, strings and some banjo and mandolin parts. Most of the album has a very “laid back” feel to it. One thing about hymns is that they are very strong lyrically, with most of them walking you through a story, taking you on a journey.

Not growing up around a lot of hymns, the “new melodies” don't bother me, but I can see how someone who has grown up with these songs might not like them being set to new melodies. The ones that I was familiar with were a bit harder to listen to subjectively at first, but I really do enjoy the album and it is sometimes refreshing to hear a new twist on a familiar song.

The fourth track - “Depth Of Mercy”, is one that caught my attention. It starts with guitar and is mostly acoustic guitar and piano throughout. The first line is “Depth of mercy can there be mercy still reserved for me?” I like the honesty of looking to God and saying “really God, you’ve got mercy left for me?” And a line from verse two speaks of Jesus disarming the wrath of God. We deserve God’s wrath, and it is only by Jesus’ blood that we are saved from that. The song tackles issues many modern worship songs don’t.

My favorite song on the album was the final track - “Man Of Sorrows”. The way this song walks us through the story of the cruxifiction is phenomenal. “Ruined sinners to reclaim” -  the first verse says, is why Jesus came. The whole song is a great reminder of what Jesus took on for our sake. With a refrain of “Hallelujah, what a Savior” this song does a great job of focusing our attention on what Christ endured on the cross.

While this may not be my next “go to” album when looking for a congregational song, it is definitely one that will be played often for me personally as I read and study. All in all a very strong and worshipful album.

Disclosure: A copy of this album was provided by the record label or artist for review purposes. The iTunes widget above is a part of a third-party affiliate program.

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