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Based on the concept of healing in times of crisis, Streams combines the talents of contemporary Christian music heavy hitters and the Irish Film Orchestra (who contribute a lavish orchestral suite) in an anthem of comfort for the weary, the hurting, and the spiritually impoverished. From Cindy Morgan's broken-voiced lamentation on "Job" to Chris Rodriguez's plea on "Sanctuary," Streams speaks directly to Christians in times of need, a subject not oft explored in CCM. Brighter territory is surveyed on Sixpence None the Richer's inspirational pop gem "Breathe" and on Jaci Velasquez's breathily angelic rendering of the Michelle Tumes-penned "I Will Rest in You." Intriguing pairings include Jon Anderson of Yes with modern-day soldiers of faith 4Him, Amy Grant's supporting tour of duty on the Delirious-led "Find Me in the River," and a slightly revised version of Peter Gabriel's "Don't Give Up," which features a duet by Irish songbird Maire Brennan and Michael McDonald of the Doobie Brothers. --Paige La GroneSee all Editorial Reviews
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There is a theme and a progression to the songs here. "Job" starts things off slow and plaintive. by the time the album is half-way through the tempo picks up, hope is clearly in the lyrics, "The Only Thing I Need" is a climatic point. Others have complained about the four instrumental songs at the end, but for me, these re-workings of some of the songs already heard on the album, are just the perfect way for melt into the arms of grace. One reviewer said to listen with headphones. Yes, by all means. and try to listen to the album in one sitting the first time through. each song is a gem, but there is pure magic (the good and sanctified kind) in the way the entire album carries the listener on the waves of comfort, mercy and love.
I really like Jon with Vangelis. I did not realize that this album was a large variety of singers & only one of Jon. The lyrics were hard for me to understand, but there was an insert with the lyrics. I did like the lyrics: quite spiritual, but the print was so small it was hard to read.
What was interesting is that this is like 2 different albums: tracks 1-10 being the vocal tracks, & then 11-14 were absolutely GORGEOUS instrumental tracks. Those I give 5+++ stars!!! They were like they belonged in some majestic movie soundtrack with soaring, sweeping vistas & deep drama! Beautiful, touching, powerful, that touches one's soul! Those I will be playing over & over & over again! Not so much the first 10!
Usually, when I see these all star casts I'm very suspicious and assume it's recycled music and/or a rip-off. For some reason I clicked the purchase button.
Very surprised at the quality of the music and performances.
Very surprised to see Jon Anderson here alongside Christian artists; even though from another Anderson solo disk I view him as a schizophrenic when it comes to spiritual songs.
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I know amazon can't give demo of each album's they probably wouldn't have enough on there server, however
When you request, It would be a good idea if they...Read more