- Published on Monday, 29 January 2007 16:04
Avalon | Format: Audio CD
Review by Gareth Duffty
What a find I discovered while looking at iTunes USA, Avalon – Faith: A Hymns Collection. I feel a little upset that we Brits cannot purchase off the USA site and make life a little cheaper.
Anyway as I said, what a find! A collection of hymns that are well known like Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee, Christ Alone and Blessed Assurance - but boy it ministers.
I am not qualified to comment on the technical and musical ability of the work, yet I can tell you that every time I listen to some of the tracks I am moved into a sense of God being near. The songs are presented in traditional melodies but with new instruments and therefore carry a contemporary sound. I cannot help being moved when I listen to the harmony of I'll Fly Away or even the classic Amazing Grace - it speaks to the inner person and catches you again in a way that the writer has, for many years, communicated the truth.
Listening to How Great Thou Art helps me again sore into the heights. I experienced the power of God in creation, as if carried along into the nature of God, moved by the music and voices, but ministered to by the Holy Spirit.
My vote is a big ‘well done’. The music is tastefully re-mastered and sung and I think it is a must to have on any time of the day, whether in the background or to sing along to. For those who do not have a hymnal background I would suggest you invest and enjoy the richness of the poetry as your experience of God is enlarged. At the end of the recording you can sing along with It is Well with My Soul.
I must now leave writing the review to once again climb the heights of experiencing God, while being helped by Avalon - Well Done.
The CD is available from Cross Rhythms.