Joy Beyond the Sorrow: Indelible Grace VI

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Indelible Grace offers the great service to the Church of resurrecting less-known hymns and adapting their lyrics to fresh melodic interpretation. The multiple artists of Indelible Grace lean toward a raw, rootsy, folk, and country expression with some classic rock/bluesy side-trips, beautifully reflecting the timelessness of the songs they choose and the gospel they tell.

Joy Beyond the Sorrow comprises powerful lyrics that engage and uplift, drawn from hymns across the centuries. The compelling and beautiful “From the Depths of Woe (Psalm 130)” featuring Andrew Osenga and Emily Deloach is both a lament and victory song. Matthew Smith’s folk/rock rendition of “Did Christ Over Sinners Weep?” is sorrow that liberates and his “Let me Find Thee” is lovely and intimate, while Sandra McCracken’s feisty “Hail to the Lord’s Anointed” is a joyous country flavored praise-up that would brighten any Sunday service. Each song on the album is a standout track, serving as personal/congregational worship or special music, with production revealing rather than hiding the beauty of the human voice

More: Love the way arrangements underscore the mood and lyrical content as in “God Moves in a Mysterious Way.” “Hast Thou Heard Him See Him Known Him” (Morgan Bennett) and “I Am Jesus’ Little Lamb” (Rain for Roots) both have a sweet gentle power. The varied tempos, quirky interpretation, array of artists, reverence and awe paired with pure fun and fanciful freedom are a treasure.

Less: Some of the language in “Oft in Sorrow” isn’t an easy adapt

 

5 stars
Andrea Hunter

 

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