What can we tell you about The Lower Lights’ A Hymn Revival, Volume 3 that you haven’t already learned from the first two volumes?
Actually a lot. Though, if you’re like most of us, you’d just as soon skip the reading and get to the listening. But, hey, albums need blurbs. And maybe you don’t own Volumes 1 and 2. So read on!
Recorded in two bursts (Sept 30-Oct 5, 2013 and Oct 17-18, 2014), A Hymn Revival, Volume 3–rather than sounding like a band doing the same old thing, going through the motions–sounds like a band hitting its stride. Sure, it explores a landscape similar to its predecessors—folk, gospel, bluegrass, spirituals, all with a metric ton of harmonies, stringed instruments, pianos, and rumbles. But this time it broadens its reach, mining (relatively) more modern songs that you might have heard from the likes of Gillian Welch, Bill Monroe, Hank Williams, and more. (We said “relatively” more modern. What did you expect? Imagine Dragons?) And, just to keep things balanced, how about “All Creatures of Our God and King”, written by St. Francis of Assisi circa 1225?
Far from a retread, A Hymn Revival ,Volume 3 sounds like a band lighting a fire (or, with the quieter and prettier songs, just a really nice candle).
The Lower Lights is a rotating horde of musicians that is delving into the Christian songbook – familiar hymns, lost gems, Hank Williams tunes, Christmas songs, and more. Drawing on equal parts of reverence and celebration, The Lower Lights have landed on sound that’s part revival, part vigil. A gospel-folk collective with plenty of harmonies, guitars, banjos, mandolins, piano, pump organ, fiddle and hand-claps.
|When the Roll is Called Up Yonder||3:11||$0.99|
|Will the Circle Be Unbroken||4:19||$0.99|
|Be Still, My Soul||3:28||$0.99|
|Just a Closer Walk with Thee||3:08||$0.99|
|Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee||2:27||$0.99|
|All Creatures of Our God and King||3:56||$0.99|
|The River of Jordan||3:12||$0.99|
|Get Up John||2:44||$0.99|
|I Know I've Been Changed||2:05||$0.99|
|Each Life That Touches Ours for Good||2:50||$0.99|
|I Had a Real Good Mother and Father||3:26||$0.99|
|Come, Follow Me||2:34||$0.99|
|Jesus of Nazareth||2:06||$0.99|
|House of Gold||6:11||$0.99|
|Where We'll Never Grown Old||3:34||$0.99|