Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Passion Worship Band|
Passion: Hymns Ancient & Modern
Genres: Pop, Christian
While the modern worship movement has revolutionized Christian music, lead worshippers realized that in their zeal to write cutting-edge church music they forgot the songs that were cutting that "edge" once upon a time. Ad... more »
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While the modern worship movement has revolutionized Christian music, lead worshippers realized that in their zeal to write cutting-edge church music they forgot the songs that were cutting that "edge" once upon a time. Add some creative contemporary arrangements and electricity to the originals and you have the composite that makes up the Ancient and Modern Hymns collection. For those who caught Passion artists singing some of these timeless classics during the 2003 tour, you know how emotionally moving they are live. Producer Nathan Nockels keeps that in mind and does a great job of capturing the live essence recorded in Atlanta's North Point Community Church. Of course no Passion release can be without David Crowder and Chris Tomlin and both give us some special moments on Hymns, including Crowder's "Doxology" and the magnificent "All Creatures Of Our God and King." Tomlin's reworking of "O Worship The King" and the compelling "Take My Life" are not to be outdone. Nockels and wife Christy (known as Watermark) also provide one of the finer moments with the elegant beauty of "Praise To The Lord the Almighty." Matt Redman and Charlie Hall fill out the release with a solid but unremarkable quality. --Michael Lyttle
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Roy Ingle | Augusta, GA | 10/28/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"While I appreciate some of the music that has been coming out of the Praise & Worship movement over the past few years, some of it is simply poor theology and too man-centered. That is not the case in this CD by Passion. The hymns of old and new are blended together and yet all glory and honor is given to our holy God in this collection. While traditionalist will not enjoy the upbeat tempo of some of the hymns, the modernist will enjoy the music as well as the God-honoring words of the great hymns of the faith.
What a relief to see the classic hymns coming back. So many younger pastors are seeing the need to glorify God and not just draw a crowd by using music. How we need biblical songs to come back and draw us near to our God in holiness and awe. Thanks Passion for doing this with this CD."
A great CD for learning to appreciate the new (and the old)
thesquog | Seattle, WA USA (at the moment) | 05/24/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Or "A View from the Other Side"To explain why I like this CD, I have to give some of my background: I grew up in a hymn-singing church (organ, piano and maybe a trumpet or two on Easter) and have spent the last four years at college going to a church where they sing only psalms with no instruments (As a side note, as shocking as such a church may sound to some, I've never seen a congregation who loved singing and loved *what* they were singing more than that group of people. I have really grown in my knowledge and appreciation of the worship of God and the psalms, not to mention the improvement in my singing skills). In any case, as I move on to another part of the country, I'm faced with the decision of where to worship, and as a result, HOW to worship. I guess I'm a "not-so-old fogey" because I really like the old stuff and have trouble appreciating/liking new music, Christian or otherwise, whatever I may think of the theology behind it (the theology of worship, that is), which, by the way, I'm still working on understanding.All this is to say that this CD is great for anyone who's grown up on the great hymns of the past but is interested in giving the new styles a chance. The words and (for the most part) tunes in this CD are familiar favorites from the past with all their lyrical beauty and depth, but with the musical and vocal stylings of the present. For someone like myself who struggles with a knee-jerk reaction of dislike to the bulk of contemporary praise and worship music, and wonders how much of the reaction is simply personal preference and what I'm used to, and how much of it is justified, this CD is a nice bridge because I can learn to appreciate the music as I listen to my old favorite lyrics which, whether themselves justified or not, at least do not produce a knee-jerk reaction. It's also great to be able to listen to them in the setting of my living room instead of wondering about all these issues while trying to worship at church. And in the meantime, work on my theological study. :)This CD is the product of what seems to be an encouraging trend of trying to understand Christianity in today's "postmodern" world by looking to the classic foundations, beliefs, practices, and products (such as creeds and hymns) of the historical church, instead of just adapting to whatever the pop culture of the day is. By the way, if you're interested in learning more about that, one book I'm reading now that seems to have a lot of interesting insight into this trend is "Ancient-Future Faith" by Robert Webber. I don't agree with all of it, but I have learned a lot so far, and have been challenged in many areas. Looking from the perspective of the "modern" worshipper (which I realize is probably the majority of people reading this), this CD would also be a nice bridge for those who have grown up with the contemporary style and have a knee-jerk reaction to anything old. Chris Tomlin, David Crowder, and the other artists are all top-notch singers and writers who have written many other popular worship songs of their own, and they do a great job with this CD. I do agree with others who are a little disappointed by "How Great Thou Art". A lot of the power of that hymn is lost by upping the beat and giving it a poppy feel.In conclusion, although my quest of finding out how to really worship in spirit and in truth is far from over, this CD has at least been a part of helping me get started by showing me that old and new are not necessarily incompatible and by encouraging me that the past has not been forgotten."
A great praise experience
Jessica | Lubbock, TX | 07/26/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Hymns Ancient and Modern takes some of the hymns that were a staple of childhood worship and reinvigorates them. The words retain their power and integrity as the music remains recognizable yet contemporary. O Worship the King, How Great Thou Art, Raise Up the Crown (All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name) and The Solid Rock (On Christ the Solid Rock) are standouts on this CD.
With one exception, all of the songs on the disc are at least 100 years old; one prayer offered even dates to the 4th century. It's refreshing to listen to statements of faith that are as relevant today as when they were first offered. For another example of a freshened hymn, check out Jars of Clay's rendition of The Comforter Has Come on the City on a Hill: Sing Alleluia disc, and for a great modern hymn that carries the weight of ages, listen to the Newsboys perform In Christ Alone on Adoration: The Worship Album."