Overview 01. O Worship The King 02. Doxology 03. Joyful, Joyful 04. Praise To The Lord 05. Father, Let Me Dedicate 06. How Great Thou Art 07. Raise Up The Crown 08. All Creatures Of Our God And King 09. On Christ The Solid Rock 10. Hail Gladdening Light 11. Joyous Light 12. Here Is Love 13. Fairest Lord Jesus 14. Take My Life
Record Label Sixstepsrecords
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.61" Width: 4.93" Height: 0.41" Weight: 0.22 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2004
Publisher CHORDANT ACNT# 3707
ISBN 0012266019 EAN 0724358381702 UPC 724358381702
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Refreshing Aug 17, 2006
This album is a refreshing mix of hymns with a twist. Passion does an excellent job in instrumenting the hymns: keeping dynamics both traditional and modern. Most of these hymns have new choruses or bridges added, which mostly augment the songs and lead the listener into deeper worship.
What I like most about this album is that there is room to reflect the lyrics of the hymns. When singing hymns in some churches, the organist can tend to just run through the hymns quickly without time for reflection or deeper worship. This dynamic Passion album often repeats lines, verses, or choruses and has musical interludes to allow the listener to participate instead of just listening.
Great, but shy of awesome May 8, 2006
I love the old hymns: so beautiful and inspiring. This album proves that some of the best hymns can be done in a contemporary style without destroying them, except for one: Chris Tomlin really butchered "All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name" in a big way. I dont claim to be a purest, but there really is no need for taking a wonderful hymn such as this and making it 'better' by jacking with the original melody (by simplifying it); he only robbed the hymn of its majesty and musical beauty. What a shame. On the other hand he did a wonderful job on "Take My Life"...maybe the best track on the album. Kudos to Watermark for "Praise Ye the Lord the Almighty" and "Fairest, Lord Jesus": they provide the paradigm for doing an old hymn in a contemporary style while preserving what makes the hymn great. The job they did makes the album worth it.
A Bit of Heaven on Earth Mar 29, 2006
In my top three favorites, this album brings worshippers together in a way that no recording I've heard has before. Nothing but the best of concerts can beat it for a taste of Heaven. It sends my spirit soaring. Filled with ancient hymns, which I have always loved, it does them in a way that is passionate and moving. Starting out with "O Worship The King," the emphasis is on worship. These songs are often sung with a low mummbling, or a cheesy, "listen to how great my voice is." Not so with this one. The artists, male and female, are gifted, and their voices are instruments lifting up the songs, not the other way around. Though the rockish beat that punctuates these hymns, and U2-like guitar bits, might disturb some of the most conservative worshippers, most worshippers, young and old would love it. Me? I'm hoping this begins a movement to bring back these meaningful hymns to places of worship. If the passion that their great lyrics evokes stands out more with a bit of guitar, all the better! The one complaint I do have is occasionally, twice that I recall, the artists do the "Yes Jesus, Lord, Father, yes yes, you are king" repeating that modern worship songs are often bogged down with. A small "price" for this glorious album. Compare to "I'll Fly Away" Jars of Clay Or Bits of Newsboy worship albums.
Excellent Sep 16, 2005
Passion, a collection of some of the most popular young worship leaders (including Chris Tomlin, Charlie Hall, Matt Redman and David Crowder) released Hymns Ancient & Modern in 2004. There is some interpretation of the hymns, and a couple have a chorus added to them, but on the whole the artists stay quite close to the traditional tunes. To "O Worship The King," for example, Chris Tomlin adds the chorus, "You alone are the matchless King / To you alone be all majesty / Your glories and wonders, what tongues can recite? / You breathe in the air, You shine in the light." Some of the standouts on this album are "The Solid Rock," "All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name," and "All Creatures of Our God and King." The liner notes include a brief description of each of the songs along with information about the author. It is quite a good album if you enjoy the "Passion" sound and are able to enjoy hymns with a bit of a worship music feel to them.