Hymns: the A Cappella Sessions
By Saran Ashley
In the realm of hymn albums, The Nelons “A Cappella Sessions” stands out above the rest. If you are a follower of the Nelons or a southern gospel fan, or if you just love the old hymns of the church, then this CD needs to be in your collection!
When recording a hymns album, I imagine that many artists have to decide between keeping the songs simple as they were originally written, or possibly recreating them in a new way. The Nelons do a fantastic job balancing these two approaches. There is enough familiarity in each selection to remind you of why you love that hymn, but there are so many new twists woven into the stanzas that will keep you on the edge of your seat as you listen. Whether you prefer songs that are quiet and reflective, or songs that serve as majestic declarations of Gods power- you will get to experience many different styles and sounds from start to finish.
Some of the titles on the album include “The Hallelujah Chorus,” “Tis So Sweet,” “Do Unto Others,” “Keep On the Firing Line,” and “I Need Thee Every Hour.” My personal favorite on the album is “There Is a Fountain.” It intrigued me because it is done in a minor key with a steady drumbeat throughout, but throughout the last half of the song they bring back the original melody and drive it all the way to the end of the song. Musically, it just takes you on such an interesting journey, and I have never heard anything like it.
Jason, Kelly, Amber, and Autumn have never sounded better! Their vocals are powerful and strong, and when these amazing voices are paired with such great arrangements and rich theology, you will be left saying, “Hallelujah, what a Savior!”