Audrey Assad Adds To Legacy Of Church’s Music With “Inheritance”

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Audrey Assad Inheritance Album Review
My rating: 4/5

Audrey Assad’s latest album draws from the vast history of worship in the church – a theme echoed in the very title Inheritance. With a heavier emphasis on vocals as opposed to instruments, Audrey’s sophomore record is a collection of reimagined hymns mixed with similarly inspired original songs. Her work is a combination of themes and atmospheres inspired by the legacy of music in the church. Whether familiar with the original hymns or recently introduced, Inheritance is a combination of beautiful, haunting, soothing, and encouraging songs.

“Holy, Holy, Holy” opens with forceful drums and faint background vocals. A short while later, the song opens up into the classic lyrics of the well-beloved hymn. Audrey’s singing matches the calm yet powerful atmosphere of the original words, creating an excellently crafted rendition of this song. Those who love “Holy, Holy, Holy” will without doubt claim Audrey’s take on the hymn as a favorite.

Another reimagined hymn is “Oh, The Deep, Deep Love Of Jesus.” With gentle piano and an extra set of background vocals, Audrey sings the lyrics of this timeless song with great meaning. Those who know the original well enough will notice slight changes in the tune, almost transforming this take into another song entirely. Still, the lyrics and the sense of the original hymn remain, making for a well done adaptation.

Partway through the album is “Jesus Never Failed Me Yet,” a lower pitched song with darker tones. Originally written by an unknown composer, Audrey’s rendition takes a slightly different approach to the original piece. In a place without hope, filled with despair, the lyrics affirm His goodness and trustworthiness. The hopeful vocals contrasted with darker instrumentals make for an amazingly composed piece.

“Even Unto Death” is an inspiring yet haunting piece. The song consists of soft piano and light drums to supplement Audrey’s vocals. Inspired by Christian martyrdom in the Middle East, Audrey sings “Though I lose my life, though my breath be taken, I will wait for you, I will not forsake you,” declaring loyalty to Jesus Christ even unto death. Saturated with such powerful words, this piece is absolutely a highlight of the album.

Without a doubt, Inheritance is a must listen. Audrey Assad’s work is unique and excels in upholding the heritage behind the music. Her ingenuitive renditions of many classic hymns, combined with her own works, make for an excellent album. As a whole, Inheritance not only pays homage to the legacy of the church’s music, but in and of itself adds to it.

Be sure to pre-order the album now on iTunes!

Also see: Audrey Assad Releases “Inheritance” February 12.

For more information, visit: http://www.audreyassad.com/.

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