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“Now with the release of Hymns from the Gathering Church, a record of favorite sacred numbers performed by religious critics and converts alike, they offer up their most ambitious and open artistic project to date.”
“So maybe there’s a bit of novelty hearing notable N.C. artists, including Megafaun’s Phil Cook, Mount Moriah’s Heather McEntire and Floating Action’s Seth Kauffman, offer perfectly reverent revisions of traditional hymns. But novel though it may be, it’s also inspired and accomplished, and abounds with highlights.”
“Whether it’s Cook’s twangy vocals on “Leaning On The Everlasting Arms,” or Skylar Gudasz’s heaven-sent voice on the more reverent hymn “Be Still My Soul,” the album faithfully delivers a mix of stylings that toe the line of traditional and contemporary, yet maintain a careful balance. The musicians behind the album ultimately bring diversity and vitality, exalting each hymn to new heights.”
“One of the things I’ve always wondered about the re:tuned movement is, “Why not use the old tune?” Many hymn texts have fantastic tunes that have been sung and loved for generations, and I’m excited that the folks at The Gathering Church are using both. Fresh new arrangements, skillful performances and a stellar recording let these old hymns speak again for a new generation.”
“Even if you are not a religious person, you can still find beauty in the new Hymns from the Gathering Church album.”