Hymns II from Page CXVI drops today. To mark their new release, the band is offering a free download of their first album, Hymns, from April 27 to May 4.

I really liked the first album. The band has some great, creative arrangements of Come Thou Fount, In Christ Alone, My Jesus I Love Thee, When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, Nothing But the Blood, The Solid Rock, and Joy (I’ve Got the Joy along with It Is Well with My Soul). (Did I mention that you can download it free for the next week?)

One of the things that I love about this band is that they’re doing something very different with hymns than most folks (including myself) are doing. They’re using the well known tunes and reinventing them rather than throwing off the old baggage and starting again. And, of course, sometimes the old tunes are so bad or so unhelpful that they need to be thrown off, but not all the time!

The second album looks to be just as good as the first. Here’s the song list:
How Great Thou Art
Praise to the Lord
Jesus I Am Resting, Resting
Rock of Ages
Abide With Me
Battle Hymn of the Republic

Except for one song, I’m looking forward to the second album. Why a reservation? Well, I’ll let you be the judge of that. See if you can guess which song I’m not looking forward to and why that is.

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  1. I’m guessing it’s “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” Is it because of its connotations with slavery?

  2. Eric Priest says:

    It is the Battle Hymn but not because of slavery. It’s because of its nationalistic overtones. In the BHotR, we assume that God must be on our side – his truth marches on while we march on. That’s just bad theology.

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