Various - Music Inspired By The Story

Published Sunday 3rd February 2013
Various - Music Inspired By The Story
Various - Music Inspired By The Story

RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 117462-19612
LABEL: Word 5099902852522
RELEASE DATE: 2011-09-26
RRP: £7.00

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

This is surely the most ambitious various artists album to be released for years. Even the most experienced songwriters would blanche at the challenge to write a set of songs which encompass the whole of the Bible narrative - from Creation to Christ to the Second Coming - but that is what Nichole Nordeman and Bernie Hermes have attempted on this high budget, high profile double album. Selecting key Bible stories, they have brought in the biggest CCM stars to sing the songs. So we have Matthew West and Leigh Nash as Adam and Eve, Brandon Heath as Joseph, Bart Millard (MercyMe) as Moses, Nichole Nordeman herself and Amy Grant as Ruth and Naomi, Peter Furler as Daniel, Francesca Battistelli as Mary, Mac Powell as Jesus, Steven Curtis Chapman as the thief on the cross, Jeremy Camp as Paul and the final celebration of the Second Coming sung by Michael W Smith and Darlene Zschech. There are some real standouts here. "Bring Us Home" tells the story of Joshua with exceptional vocals provided by Michael Tate and Blanca Callahan (Group 1 Crew). Equally powerful is the song "Empty" which tells the story of the disciples sung with passion by Jars Of Clay's Dan Haseltine and Sanctus Real's Matt Hammitt. Occasionally some of the arrangements, played with vigour by a bunch of London symphonians, are a tad fussy for my tastes but there is no hiding the quality of songwriting and performance presented here.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Overture - I Am (Creation) [Listen]
2. Matthew West & Leigh Nash - Good (Adam & Eve) [Listen]
3. Mark Hall & Megan Garrett - Who But You (Abraham & Sarah) [Listen]
4. Brandon Heath - Bend (Joseph) [Listen]
5. Bart Millard - It Must Be You (Moses) [Listen]
6. Michael Tait, Blanca Callahan & Lecrae - Bring Us Home (Joshua) [Listen]
7. Nichole Nordeman & Amy Grant - I'm With You (Ruth & Naomi) [Listen]
8. Chris Tomlin - Your Heart (David) [Listen]
9. Peter Furler - No Compromise (Daniel) [Listen]
10. Mandisa - Born For This (Esther) [Listen]
11. Todd Smith - Broken Praise (Job) [Listen]
12. Francesca Battistelli - Be Born In Me (Mary) [Listen]
13. Mac Powell - When Love Sees You (Jesus) [Listen]
14. Steven Curtis Chapman - How Love Wins (Thief) [Listen]
15. Natalie Grant - Alive (Mary Magdalene) [Listen]
16. Dan Haseltine & Matt Hammitt - Empty (Disciples) [Listen]
17. Jeremy Camp - Move In Me (Paul) [Listen]
18. Michael W Smith & Darlene Zschech - The Great Day (Second Coming) [Listen]

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Product Description

In an unprecedented partnership between World Vision, Zondervan, EMI CMG, Provident Label Group, Word Entertainment, Proper Management, and CAA, comes an epic new project called (Music From) THE STORY.

Built on the foundation of Zondervanís best-selling book, The Story, this new work contains 18 songs written by multiple Dove Award-Winners Nichole Nordeman and Bernie Herms based on principal biblical characters and stories. Lyrically, these songs (written in first person perspective) take timeless biblical stories and provide a completely new context into how Godís story of love & redemption intersects with our story of brokenness & failures resulting in a new story of hope and rescue. Musically, these songs take you on a journey of introspection, celebration, and ultimately usher you into a climactic moment of worship to the One who will make all things new. The artist line-up is nothing short of stellar with Grammy-winning producers Brown Bannister & Bernie Herms at the helm.

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