Hymned No. 1

Hymned No. 1

by Bart Millard


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Hymned No. 1

Gospel singers are supposed to be vocally agile, and their performances are often technically impressive. But the best ones give you the impression that no matter how baroque and elaborate the performance, it's all being done in the service of God, not as a way of bringing glory to the singer. One of the big differences between gospel music and Christian pop music is that in Christian pop music there seems to be more of a tendency for the artist to draw attention to his or her own sensitivity and righteousness by means of bloated or ill-conceived arrangements and a highly mannered, stylized delivery. Case in point: Bart Millard, a man who is as sincerely devout and musically gifted as they come, but who is also just a bit -- a good bit, actually -- too in love with his own voice. This album is meant to be a celebration of traditional hymns, but instead it comes across as a celebration of Bart Millard (an impression clinched by the DVD side of this release's DualDisc version, which features a documentary about Millard's hometown and childhood). The arrangements are all self-consciously idiosyncratic -- some in ways that work very nicely, such as the acoustic folk-rock setting of "Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior," and some in ways that don't, such as an inappropriately strutting New Orleans arrangement of "Just a Closer Walk with Thee." Millard's spare and lovely rendition of "Have a Little Talk with Jesus" is a treat, but his Memphis soul take on "Softly and Tenderly" is a disaster, and ruins one of the most powerful revival hymns ever written. Millard has lots of fans, and most will probably enjoy this album very much. But those from outside that group will likely be taken aback by many of the musical choices he makes here.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/16/2005
Label: Sony
UPC: 0827969455722
catalogNumber: 94557

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bart Millard   Primary Artist,Vocals
Steve Wariner   Electric Guitar
Russ Taff   Vocals
Eric Darken   Percussion,Jew's Harp
Lisa Bevill   Choir, Chorus
Bekka Bramlett   Background Vocals
George Cocchini   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Guitar (Baritone)
Shane Keister   Piano,Hammond Organ,fender rhodes
Paul Franklin   Dobro,Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Vince Gill   Background Vocals
Barry Graul   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Clavinet,Hammond B3
Barry Green   Horn
Mike Haynes   Horn
Gordon Kennedy   Banjo,Guitar,Soloist
Sam Levine   Clarinet,Horn,tin whistle
Blair Masters   Piano,Hammond Organ,Clavinet,fender rhodes
Steve Patrick   Horn
Andrea Zonn   Fiddle,Background Vocals
Chris Donohue   Bass,Upright Bass
Dan Needham   Percussion,Drums
Derek Webb   Vocals
Tim Lauer   Accordion,Pump Organ
Perry Coleman   Background Vocals
Abel Orta   Choir, Chorus
Nirva Dorsaint   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Joey Canaday   Bass
Seth Ready   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Brown Bannister   Producer,Audio Production
Steve Bishir   Engineer
Barry Graul   Composer
Sam Levine   Arranger,Whistle
Michael Mellett   Arranger,Vocal Editing
Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey   Composer
George Bennard   Composer
Cleavant Derricks   Composer
William Featherstone   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Bart Millard   Composer,Producer
Will L. Thompson   Composer
Shatrine Krake   Art Direction
William H. Doane   Composer

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