One of the best trends to come along recently in Christian music is the re-emergence of the hymn.
One of the best trends to come along recently in Christian music is the re-emergence of the hymn. On this engaging disc, rock act Jars of Clay serve up a rootsy, organic take on such gems as "I Need the Every Hour," "It Is Well With My Soul" and "God Will Lift Up Your Head." The Blind Boys of Alabama join the group on the powerful cuts "Nothing but the Blood of Jesus" and "On Jordan's Stormy Banks I Stand." Gotee newcomer Sarah Kelly adds guts and glory to a spirited cover of "I'll Fly Away," while Delirious frontman Martin Smith is heard on "Let Us Love and Sing Wonder." The special guests are a nice touch, but this gifted band really doesn't need any assistance. Each track reverberates with passion, musical integrity and an honest appreciation for these time-honored classics, which, in the hands of JOC, sound brand-new.—DEP