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Celtic Psalms (Elevation) by Kiran Young Wimberly & The McGraths

Cross Rhythms Rating: 7/10
CD: Album
Tags: Worship, CD, Celtic, Album
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12 songs that combine the Psalms with Scottish and Irish melodies.

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  1. 1. Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow (Psalm 147)
  2. 2. Sing To The Lord (Psalm 98, 99, 100)
  3. 3. The Lordís My Shepherd (Psalm 23)
  4. 4. My God, My God (Psalm 22)
  5. 5. How Lovely (Psalm 84)
  6. 6. I Lift My Eyes Up To The Hills (Psalm 121)
  7. 7. You Have Turned My Sorrow (Psalm 30)
  8. 8. The God Of Jacob (Psalm 46)
  9. 9. Hear My Cry O God (Psalm 61)
  10. 10. The Lord Is My Light (Psalm 27)
  11. 11. As The Deer Longs For The Streams (Psalm 42)
  12. 12. Come Spirit Come (Psalm 144)
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Reviewed by Brendan O'Regan

This album features a marriage of two ancient traditions - the Psalms and some old Irish and Scottish melodies. The songs are enhanced by some beautiful acoustic playing on guitar, harp, flute, fiddle and even cello. It's all very pleasant and relaxing, more than fit for facilitating personal reflection. I'm not entirely comfortable with very familiar songs like "Carrickfergus" or "Down By The Sally Gardens" having their words changed like this - it's a subjective thing I know, but it didn't always work for me. For example, the pain expressed in "My God, My God" just doesn't come across in the lovely lilting melody. Perhaps these same words and the tasteful Celtic instrumentation would work better with new or less familiar melodies? For that reason the tracks I liked were the ones with less familiar melodies - like the beautiful "The Lord Is My Light" (Psalm 27) and "Sing To The Lord" (Psalms 98-100), with its fine acapella singing. Sometimes the vocals could be stronger but they shine at their best in the harmonies of "You Have Turned My Sorrow" (Psalm 30). This time the melody does suit the sense of relief expressed by the psalmist.

Style: Celtic
Cross Rhythms Product Code: 161663
Product Format: CD
Content Type: Album
Cat. Code: Elevation ELE2186D
Items: 1
Release Date: 20 May 2016

12 songs that combine the Psalms with Scottish and Irish melodies.

Twelve authentic, traditional Irish and Scottish airs and melodies set to a selection of psalms. Ancient words and traditional music, featuring Kiran Young Wimberly and The McGraths, combine to help lead you into the presence of God.

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