In a first of its kind release, Nearer: A New Collection of Favorite Hymns is a fresh, current take on the hymns that are most loved by young adults (as determined by a recent online poll of nineteen to twenty-five year-olds). Keeping in mind a reverence and respect for these hymns, such artists as Kalai, Mindy Gledhill, Sarah Sample, and others help young adults feel more in touch with the Lord through their music.
Nearer combines the sacred and simple themes of hymns such as “Be Still, My Soul” and “I Need Thee Every Hour” with an organic yet humble style. This newly recorded collection communicates the testimonies of young adults in a voice more similar to their own, while keeping a reverent feeling throughout. In a world full of trials and troubles, Nearer: A New Collection of Favorite Hymns helps bring young adult members closer to God, while making them feel represented and firm in their beliefs. It is an instant classic every young adult will connect with.
I LOVE THIS!!! Hymns are sacred - so when you are attempting to listen to music with uplifting lyrics - what better words than those! I love these arrangements. Great music you can listen to all day every day! I'm a 40 year old mama and I love it - as well as my missionary and his older brother! Win-Win!
This definitely is NOT for someone who prefers typical church music, i.e. Mormon Tabernacle Choir. It is a more modern interpretation, the kind of music you won't only listen to on Sunday but look forward to listening to throughout the week as well. That said, it still invites the Spirit and is so beautiful. Imagine if Coldplay or Colbie Caillat decided to sing hymns, this is probably what they would've come up with. LOVE THIS ALBUM!
This is not at all what I expected. The hymns are only recognizable by the words. The music is far different and not something you can sing along to. Definitely only suits a specific taste in music.
This album is fantastic.
It isn't your typical MoTab, a capella, solo artist album (don't get me wrong, those are all great) but it's something new. The beauty of it is it reaches all those other people who are looking for spiritual music who don't fall into any of those categories. Many of the artists on the album hail from the local Utah music scene (which was another reason why I bought it) and it was great to see them bring something individual to the hymns, something personal to them. After I bought it I listened to it non-stop for several weeks and as a result I have now committed several more hymns to memory.
I would LOVE to hear more collections like this. I started feeling like hymns could only be recognized or sung by the MoTab or be instrumental and I didn't necessarily always want to listen to that. What this album does is opens up the hymns to a wider audience. I would definitely recommend this collection to anyone of any faith looking for uplifting music.
As a rule of thumb, I am very picky about the music I listen to because I have found what I tune into really affects my mood. Music speaks to my soul. This CD has changed me. It is incredible. The first thing I love is the jewel case cover....simple but serene. Some of my all-time favorite singers are on this album, notably Mindy Gledhill and Sarah Sample. They add a folky twist to traditional hymns while still keeping them close enough to their foundation. I recommend adding Nearer to your Christmas wish list and gifting it to Young Adults you know. It's been played over and over in my home and I can't say enough about it to those I love. Favorite tack: Be Still My Soul ; it is breathtaking. Absolutely five stars to a CD that rooted itself within my heart. Thank you so much to Deseret Book for sending this to me; I may never have found it on my own.
Unique, contemplative, quirky but still respectful, this album is reminiscent of the late 90's folk alternative movement. Some of the arrangements don't quite hit the mark, but the hits outweigh the misses. Thanks for taking a chance on this album, Deseret Book. I would love to see something like this done with Primary Songs. Not every Mormon likes Male a capella.
This album is different, but in a good way. I am a young adult still living my non-member parents. They don't mind listening to these arrangements, but the traditional ones are not for them. I can have this album playing in the car or in the background of the day and my parents don't mind...I have even caught my mom singing along. I hoping that this album might spark their interest.
I am one to read reviews and listen to the sound clips first, but I LOVE this CD and it is so much better than the sound clips allow you to experience!!! I thought about buying just a few of the best songs by downloading them, but I am so glad I got the whole CD...I love everyone! I've listened to it over and over. I hope they make many more volumes like this one...AMAZING!!!!
This was the best contemporary style hymn CD I've heard. I loved it. I gave my copy to a friend after her loved one passed, then bought another copy for myself.
Just bought this yesterday, and it is already one of my favorite albums! Loved the fresh take on classic hymns.
I was very excited to check out this CD but I have to admit, when I listened to the sound bites, I was just a bit dissapointed. In my opinion, some of the arrangements didn't portray the feeling that the song was meant to give. For example, "How Great thou Art" and "Come, Come, Ye Saints" are both quite peppy and upbeat for songs that are so reverent in nature. But on a more positive note, tracks 1,4,9 & 11 I thought were very well done.
I'm almost 60 years old and I find this a refreshing, inspiring, and wonderful reworking of hymns and themes that are planted deep in my heart. Organs and choirs are NOT the only way to feel the Spirit. The Spirit comes to each of us in unique fashion and this music opened me to a fresh experience like nothing has in a long time. Very well done and very much appreciated. I will purchase more music if it is as innovative as this collection.
every time i listen to it, i feel like i'm in the room with the artist kinda like going to a local show. i love it, nice and folky
It has been years since I bought any music from Deseret Book. I was curious and listened to the free download and from that, I bought the whole album. What I don't understand why the artist names aren't listed on the individual tracks. Since I downloaded them, I will never know who did this amazing work and that too me is very unfortunate! There are some I love more than others, but honestly this is the freshest thing I have heard from Deseret Book in years. I recognize this is not Sacrament meeting arrangements, but this is definitely food for my soul!!!
Just received this in the mail and am now listening to it.
I love the freshness and acoustical sound of this music.
I am over 50 so it's not just for the new generation.
Thank to those whole compiled these songs together and
offered a different sound for a nice and welcome change.
I would highly recommend!
I was looking for songs for easy listening and found these,I have 2 autistic grand children that need calming at times. I thought this CD would be good for them to listen to at home and in the car so when they do get to church they will remember the words and tunes of the hymns.They love to listen to music at night when they are going to sleep. This is going to be perfect for them and me too.
This is something that I would listen in the car instead of a radio station. I'm not gonna sit around and listen to hymns and their original arrangement. But this is very cool and is more my type of music. It feels more geared toward a younger crowd. Not for my grandma. :)
I realize this album is not for everyone. That said, I am VERY glad to see Deseret Book trying to speak to a wider, perhaps younger, demographic. Hymns are sacred, but what makes them sacred is the sweet, glorious spirit they bring to your soul. That process is different for everyone. No one is suggesting these versions be played in Sacrament meeting. My children really enjoy this and I am for anything that will help cement the beautiful lyrics of these hymns into their heads and hearts.
All are beautiful and sacred hymns, however, I definitely do not like the arrangements.
I have really enjoyed this album and the different style for each song. This is definitely not a CD for everyone and after reading some of the reviews it seems you either like or don’t. I liked it.