STYLE: Hymnody RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 19384-9515 LABEL: Integrity 881534400722 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RRP: £7.99
Reviewed by Ian Hayter
Pianist Eric Lautenbach has teamed up with his best friend, producer and label chief, Todd Collins, to produce a 10-track set of old favourites ("Take My Life", "Blessed Assurance", "It Is Well", "Amazing Grace", etc) with his undoubtedly talented fingers tinkling over a background of loops, beats and Michael Ripoll's excellent guitar. Their 2004 release 'Songs Of December' won a Dove nomination, but the kind of music that you can expect is probably best summarised by the boast on his website that his music has been piped into hotels and restaurants all over the USA. Lautenbach works with Nike, performing music for them at corporate events and composing music for their website, as well as playing in the Solid Rock Fellowship Worship Band. This is competent but not terribly original, well-produced but lacking that spark that sets it apart - more music to pipe into your church coffee bar after the Sunday service.
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Songs of Hymn is a collection of favourite hymns done in a unique rendition blending jazz guitar and soulful piano together for a truly worshipful experience. Each song is a gentle reminder of the faithfulness and grace bestowed to us each day by our loving Father.
Featuring the songs Amazing Grace, It Is Well and Crown Him with Many Crowns, this is the perfect music for reflecting and meditating on scripture in the midst of busy days, being played during devotion times, or a time that is special between you and God alone.