Hiding Place

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Barnes & Noble - Lisa Zhito
Contemporary praise trio Selah (siblings Todd Smith and Nicol Sponberg, joined by longtime pal Alan Hall) have carved out a unique niche by using their gorgeous vocal blend to breathe new life into traditional hymns. Each vocalist offers something unique: for Sponberg it's a smoky blues, while Hall has a crystalline tenor and Smith is a powerhouse balladeer. Singing together, the three bring an emotional connection to their music that few soloists can claim. Hiding Places offers many such great moments ("I Bless Your Name" and the Congolese hymn "Esengo" are standouts), but Selah still shine mightiest when they perform traditional material. Here, it's a funk-rock take on ...
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Barnes & Noble - Lisa Zhito
Contemporary praise trio Selah (siblings Todd Smith and Nicol Sponberg, joined by longtime pal Alan Hall) have carved out a unique niche by using their gorgeous vocal blend to breathe new life into traditional hymns. Each vocalist offers something unique: for Sponberg it's a smoky blues, while Hall has a crystalline tenor and Smith is a powerhouse balladeer. Singing together, the three bring an emotional connection to their music that few soloists can claim. Hiding Places offers many such great moments ("I Bless Your Name" and the Congolese hymn "Esengo" are standouts), but Selah still shine mightiest when they perform traditional material. Here, it's a funk-rock take on "There Is Power in the Blood" (and Hall's solo bonus track, "Down to the River to Pray") that resonates with listeners, more than the too-slick inspirational pop of "You Raise Me Up" and "All My Praise." One hopes Selah will continue to forge their own way and not follow the Christian music pack down the road of repetitive worship tunes.
All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
On its fourth recording, Selah don't step far from their unusual yet successful formula of marrying traditional hymns to contemporary pop and blue-eyed R&B arrangements, African folk songs, Irish melodies, and modern-day praise & worship songs. Siblings Todd Smith and Nicol Sponberg were born to missionaries and raised in central Africa, while Allan Hall was reared in Nashville. The trio met at Belmont College and recorded their first album, Be Still My Soul, for $2000. The rest is history: They've earned four Dove Awards and played Carnegie Hall, as well as holding the dubious distinction of playing on political evangelist Pat Robertson's 700 Club program. Hiding Place's best moments are in its traditional songs, such as "Essengo," a Congolese folk song sung in Kituba, while the old nugget "By and By" is arranged as a chanted African singalong, making it fresh and interesting. However, the trio's attempt at a funky rock arrangement -- which may be edgy for conservative churchgoers -- is almost laughably bad as pop music. The arrangement of "Through It All" is respectable, but largely because Sponberg finally cuts loose a little, thanks to being prodded by a host of real gospel singers in the background. Also, it is interesting to note that Selah's "Irish" tune, "You Raise Me Up," is actually about as new age a Celtic melody and arrangement as is possible to put on tape. As a marketing gimmick, each member gets a solo track tagged on as a bonus at the end of the set to promote upcoming solo projects all to be released simultaneously. Ultimately, it comes down to whether you dig this group on a basic level or not. If you do, this will be another delight. If you find Selah's music rather bland, Hiding Place will do nothing to change your view.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/25/2004
  • Label: Curb Records
  • UPC: 715187883420
  • Catalog Number: 78834
  • Sales rank: 3,040

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Selah Primary Artist
Robert Mason Cello
Eric Darken Percussion
David Angell Violin, Concert Master, String Quartet
Steve Brewster Drums
Connie Ellisor Violin
Kim Fleming Choir, Chorus
Jim Grosjean Viola
Vicki Hampton Choir, Chorus
David Hungate Bass
Anthony LaMarchina Cello
Jerry McPherson Electric Guitar
Paul Mills Group Member
John Mock Human Whistle
Gordon Mote Organ
Wendy Moten Choir, Chorus
Pamela Sixfin Violin, String Quartet
Christian Teal Violin
Alan Umstead Violin
Catherine Umstead Violin
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale Violin
Biff Watson Acoustic Guitar, Mandocello
Kristin Wilkinson Viola, String Quartet
Nicol Sponberg Vocals, Group Member
Elliott Smith Vocals
Monisa Angell Viola
Cate Myer Violin
Ange Smith Vocals
Allan Hall Piano, Vocals, Group Member
Schjolin Percussion, Drums, Keyboards
Greg Sponberg Vocals
Laban Smith Spoken Word
Todd Smith Vocals
Sarighani Reist Cello, String Quartet
Abby Smith Vocals
Technical Credits
Chris Eaton Composer
AndraƩ Crouch Composer
James Hallawell String Arrangements
Mark Heimermann Producer
Michael Ledner Composer
Paul Mills String Arrangements
Doug Sax Mastering
Craig White Engineer
Vikki Cook Composer
Nicol Sponberg Arranger, Producer, translation
Robert Lowry Composer
Rolf Lovland Composer
Charles Albert Tindley Composer
Samuel Trevor Francis Composer
Glenn Sweitzer Art Direction
Robert Hadley Mastering
Lewis Jones Composer
Allan Hall Arranger, Producer, Additional Production
Traditional Composer
Annie Sherwood Hawks Composer
Jason Kyle Arranger, Producer
Schjolin Programming, Producer
Laban Smith Introduction
Todd Smith Arranger, Composer, Producer, translation
Jimmy Collins Producer
Brendan Graham Composer
Audrey Hatcher Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    THIS CD WILL BLESS YOU GREATLY!!

    I attended one of Selah's concerts in Dallas and it was fantastic! This is a great CD and you will be blessed by it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    This was the first Selah album that I bought, and my first really Christian album. I love this CD so much. In every song, Selah presents God's message without becoming part of the rock contemporary genre. I love Jeremy Camp and Third Day, but Selah directs more to the soul and makes you think. Their music is more subtle and focuses on the words more than the music itself. My favorite song is "Before the Throne of God Above." It is truly a timeless song with a timeless message. Even if you do not buy the album, I strongly encourage you to listen to that song.

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