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Upward: Bob Kauflin Hymns Project[CD]
The new Hymns Project from Bob Kauflin entitled 'Upward' is a wonderful CD. The production on the CD is really outstanding... Even though these hymns have gone through some transformation to help them reach a more contemporary audience, Kauflin has truly maintained the integrity of the lyrical content of each song. This CD won't just get one or two listens and then end up in your CD library; it is much too moving and wonderful for that. - Read the entire review at worshipmusic.com As the interest in, and revival of, the astonishing riches of hymnal history gains momentum among a new generation of young believers, the need to cull and call attention to the best of the genre becomes an essential task. On this handsomely mounted project, Gaithersburg, MD, worship leader and producer Bob Kauflin has rendered exactly that invaluable service, and fashioned a stirring worship experience in the process. Collecting a dozen hymns, both familiar and obscure, for Upward, Kauflin has mounted rich arrangements and lush productions to showcase what are some of the most profound lyrics and memorable melodies ever written. While one may quibble with the occasional thinness of performances, the cumulative effect of this worthy undertaking is both educational and inspirational. What is also especially appreciated is Kauflin's extensive and informative liner notes, detailing the origins and provenance of such enduring masterpieces as 'Hallelujah, What A Savior,' 'Before the Throne ' and 'Rock of Ages.' The simplicity of Kauflin's musical approach makes Upward especially valuable to worship leaders seeking to incorporate classic hymns into their repertoire. Simply put, Upward is outstanding. - Worship Leader magazine.
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