What can we tell you about The Lower Lights’ A Hymn Revival, Volume 3 that you haven’t already learned from the first two volumes?
Actually a lot. Though, if you’re like most of us, you’d just as soon skip the reading and get to the listening. But, hey, albums need blurbs. And maybe you don’t own Volumes 1 and 2. So read on!
Recorded in two bursts (Sept 30-Oct 5, 2013 and Oct 17-18, 2014), A Hymn Revival, Volume 3–rather than sounding like a band doing the same old thing, going through the motions–sounds like a band hitting its stride. Sure, it explores a landscape similar to its predecessors—folk, gospel, bluegrass, spirituals, all with a metric ton of harmonies, stringed instruments, pianos, and rumbles. But this time it broadens its reach, mining (relatively) more modern songs that you might have heard from the likes of Gillian Welch, Bill Monroe, Hank Williams, and more. (We said “relatively” more modern. What did you expect? Imagine Dragons?) And, just to keep things balanced, how about “All Creatures of Our God and King”, written by St. Francis of Assisi circa 1225?
Far from a retread, A Hymn Revival ,Volume 3 sounds like a band lighting a fire (or, with the quieter and prettier songs, just a really nice candle).
When the Roll is Called Up Yonder
Will the Circle Be Unbroken
Be Still, My Soul
Just a Closer Walk with Thee
Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee
All Creatures of Our God and King
The River of Jordan
Get Up John
I Know I've Been Changed
Each Life That Touches Ours for Good
I Had a Real Good Mother and Father
Come, Follow Me
Jesus of Nazareth
House of Gold
Where We'll Never Grown Old
My missionary son is requesting albums by the Lower Lights, unfortunately, it is only available on CD, making getting the music to him more difficult. Why isn't this available as an MP3 download? I guess I have to go find it in the apple store instead. :(